Should Mahwah Sell Advertising To Make Money? [POLL]
Other ideas presented to the town council include adding solar panels to municipal buildings and reducing garbage and recycling pick-up
Using municipal space to generate potential advertising dollars was one of a few revenue-generating suggestions made by resident Pete Cassotis at a Mahwah township council meeting last Thursday.
“I know with all of the talk about the [2% tax cap] and needing to save money, I think [we should] start looking into some of these things,” he told the council. “Every little bit helps.”
Cassotis’s other suggestions included reducing twice-a-week garbage pick-up from six months of the year back down to four.
In April, the township changed the garbage pick-up schedule saying that by switching garbage companies, residents could get an extra two months of twice weekly garbage pick-up without adding significant additional cost.
Cassotis suggested bumping the schedule back down to only four months of twice weekly pick-up, and also cutting the number of times recycling is picked up every month.
Business administrator Brian Campion said the council will “definitely be looking into” cost-savings measures with garbage and recycling pick-up in the upcoming budget cycle.
The council seemed most receptive to Cassotis’s third suggestion, to look into adding solar panels to municipal buildings.
Cassotis asked the council to revisit a proposal from last year that would add solar panels to town hall, the police station, fire houses and other municipal buildings.
According to a NorthJersey.com article, the Sustainable Mahwah group advocated to add the panels before a tax incentive expired last December. The council did not go for it because it wanted to see a more in-depth analysis of the cost savings, the report said.
Councilman Harry Williams said Thursday the council should once again entertain the idea of adding solar panels, suggesting Sustainable Mahwah return to make another presentation to the council. Though he said the tax incentive considered last year is no longer applicable, there “may be something else there.”