As a 40 year resident of Framingham, I think the new mayor’s initiative to have the city collect the limbs and branches downed by the March storm is the responsible thing to do and in the best interest of the city.
However, at an estimated cost of over $200,000 it comes at a hefty price for the city to pay for this necessary clean-up.
It infuriates me to see many residents abusing this program by taking advantage of it’s intended purpose of collecting storm debris, to put out multiple, enormous piles of limbs and brush, which are not a result of the storm, but are simply a by-product of opportunistic landscaping.
They are using the city’s storm clean-up program to dispose of vast quantities of brush which has nothing to do with the storm. This is not right or ethical and it will add to the cost of the clean-up program significantly.
I greatly resent having my taxes go to pay for collecting a neighbor’s yard waste which is a result of their own personal landscaping, not the storm.
I strongly recommend that the mayor put a limit on the amount of brush collected from each home. Whether the brush is truly a result of the storm or from personal landscaping, the city shouldn’t be expected to bear the entire cost of brush removal.
Let these folks hire a landscaper to remove their brush or pay $10 for a dump sticker and do it themselves.