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Council OKs use of grant for brush pile card reader

A card that either swipes or inserts.

That’s what Adam Winder, city general manager of streets and parks department, wants to implement with a $280,000 state Department of Environmental Protection grant for recycling improvements at the brush pile, 1500 W. Third St.

City Council authorized Winder to send off the paperwork to accept the award that will be used to pay for a card reading system at the brush pile gate, so residents with a card can go to the debris pile around-the-clock, day or night, Winder said.

The grant also will pay for a third leaf collection machine, he said.

“I am going to say by the end of spring early summer,” Winder said of the time table for the card system at the gate.

The system also will track who is dumping, keeping out illegal dumping, which is basically anyone who is not a city resident or a contractor working on behalf of a city resident or business, Winder said.

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