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PUBLIC WORKS MUST DEAL WITH TRASH, SENATOR SAYS

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Contract garbage haulers on St. John who are upset that they are now under orders to transport their truckloads of solid waste to the Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas at their own expense have an ally in Sen. Adlah "Foncie" Donastorg.
The St. Thomas-St. John District senator chairs the 23rd Legislature's Planning and Environmental Protection Committee and is vice chair of its Health Committee.
The Public Works Department announced on Friday that the solid waste transfer station on St. John was shut down because of a mechanical malfunction and would be closed until further notice. It said all garbage haulers were to barge their loads to St. Thomas and take them directly to the landfill there themselves.
Since then, garbage has been piling up and overflowing at collection bins around the island.
According to a release from Donastorg's office, the senator spoke with Public Works officials about the matter on Monday. "Public Works must empty St. John dumpsters and repair the compactor at Susanaberg," he said. "You can't suddenly change the rules in the middle of the game and expect that residents will solve their own trash problems."
He said St. John residents are entitled to waste disposal services comparable to those provided on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
Meanwhile, Donastorg said, he is also concerned about Public Works' "slow movement in cleaning up St. Thomas since Hurricane Lenny."
The senator said Public Works officials told him they have "a plan in place" for the St. John problem and that he will "expect an update" on the matter Tuesday. As for the St. Thomas situation, he said, "I will be calling a hearing if I don't see a prompt resolution to these problems."

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