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Trash worries 2nd Ave. resident

Thursday, May 16, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Trash was once again a topic of conversation in city hall, but this time it had nothing to do with the single hauler plan. Resident Paulette Moll of 710 Second Ave. spoke to Bethlehem City Council at the May 7 meeting about a Dumpster being placed on her street.

Moll said a Dumpster was dropped off in front of 712 Second Ave. by the health department on April 15. Trash was then removed from the deck and backyard of the property.

"The Dumpster was full in about six hours," Moll said.

Moll said the Dumpster was still full April 24 because the property owner "could not be bothered to move it." She then called the department of engineering about the length of the permit and was told it would be there for 30 days.

"The Dumpster was supposed to be dropped parallel to the curb," Moll said. "It was dropped angled, that's how we park. That was a problem. I was not able to use my handicapped parking space."

Moll, who also spoke at the April 18 council meeting, said there have been up to 18 people living at 712 Second Ave.

"Hoarding is becoming a national problem," Moll said. "So is taking in other family members who can't make it on their own, creating overcrowding in units where it's not feasible or safe."

She also provided photos for the council members, including one with trash bags dropped right into the street instead of in cans "because they were too lazy." Moll said the residents at 712 Second Ave. usually have about 20-25 bags of trash a week, but could only count 15 in the picture.

"I don't know where they're storing the other bags, but my house is starting to get an unsavory odor," Moll said. "I really hope this doesn't happen again to me or anybody else in this city."

The next city council meeting will be held May 22 in City Hall. The meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 21, but has been moved because of the primary elections.