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BY: Kimberly Snickles, Cheektowaga Source | December 06, 2012

Garbage totes have been a hot topic in the Town of Cheektowaga for months and now that they are finally here, sanitation workers are wondering what to do with them.

“The new tote program starts in two short weeks yet we have had not had any training or proper use of the new equipment and have many questions. We have largely been kept in the dark and what little information does eventually trickle down has been either incorrect, incomplete or last minute at best,” said Greg McManus, representative of the sanitation department.

The Town of Cheektowaga Sanitation Department stood in front of the board Monday evening, politely asking for a meeting to address the workers questions and concerns about the new totes. They stated that they have not received any training to prepare them for Dec. 17 and they wanted to make sure the board understood this predicament.

Councilmember Jerry Kaminski stated that he had already spoken to McManus on two occasions about holding a meeting, yet McManus said he never heard further information after the discussions.

“I will take a little responsibility for that,” said Town Supervisor Mary Holtz. “Before we met with you guys, I need to talk to Frank and Dave to set the rules of management. Jerry is planning on setting up two to three meetings with you guys. I know everything is moving so quickly.”

The town assured sanitation workers that a meeting would be held at the senior center either Wednesday or Thursday of this week to go over all information regarding totes.

On another note, residents are asked not to use their new garbage totes until Monday, Dec. 17. Only regular garbage cans will be accepted until this date.

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