Scituate: SEMASS contracted extended

Scituate Board of Selectmen voted Wednesday night to extend the town’s trash removal agreement with SEMASS five years to a twelve year contract. The waste-to-energy facility agreed to reduce Scituate’s rates by 9% saving the town $400,000 over the course of the contract.

DPW Director Al Bangert helped in negotiating with the energy facility, “SEMASS being an EPA approved trashed energy burner with scrubbers and all that, is a responsible place to produce energy versus putting the material into a landfill. So we feel really good about the SeMass alternative.”

Bangert further explained that he did seek other alternatives before proposing the SEMASS contract extension to Scituate Selectmen. The contract will begin January 2012 and end in 2023.

The board also approved 23 articles to be put on the warrant for the October 25th special town meeting. The board stated that the purpose of the meeting is to “clean up business” and disperse funds to necessary applicants. The town has a large amount of additional free cash that can be spent, which is the highest amount in eleven years.

One of the articles on the warrant, Article 6 is to hire a full-time Veteran Agent. Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi further explained the end goal of hiring this position, “In the warrant article, we are exploring the potential to establish a regional veteran’s district. We’ve had conversations with the town of Marshfield and the town of Hingham to share services. I think that’s a win-win for both communities as regionalization is something we can look to do more of.”

Another article calls for a Facilities manager who would watch over several buildings in the town. The Scituate Selectmen will be meeting again next week to formally vote on each article to finalize the warrant.

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