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West Haven layoffs put the brakes on curbside yard waste collection

Collection to happen a slower pace

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - Curbside eyesores are stacking up all across West Haven neighborhoods.  Why?  Mayor Nancy Rossi blamed the problem on a $9.4 million budget deficit she says she inherited from the previous administration.  Rossi said the deficit, plus recent layoffs and a clause in the union contract prevent hiring part-time workers who would normally perform curbside refuse collection duties." 

News 8 found branches and tree limbs piled up at the curb on Pauline Avenue, a few doors down from Nancy Martin's house.  "Why is it sitting there, especially when it's on city property?"  "They don't want to take responsibility," Martin said.

Others complained the piles of yard waste could attract pests.  "This could bring in rodents, rats, mice and whatnot," said Martin.

The mayor insists the city will eventually collect the curbside debris.  It'll just take longer.

Residents do have the option to drop off yard waste themselves at the city dump.

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