Discarded couches, furniture creating eyesore in Wolfville

Wendy Elliott
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Piles of old furniture like this one on Hillside Avenue dot several lawns in Wolfville these days, creating an eyesore. - Wendy Elliott, www.kingscountynews.ca

Clean-up day in Wolfville is May 7, but until then, some piles of discarded furniture are creating an eyesore.

On April 15, Coun. Wendy Donovan brought up the issue of couches being out on front lawns in the downtown area.

She asked if there is any way to contact tenants prior to the event with the exact date of pick-up.

Chief administrative officer Josh Pyrcz said the town has received several complaints and bylaw enforcement officer Chris Jones has been contacting landlords and issuing orders to clean up properties.

“We will issue the fines that we are allowed to,” Prycz said.

Police and volunteer firefighters had to respond to couch fires on the roadside in 1999 and again in 2009.

Carl Oldham said part of the problem that that university students leave in late April, but the clean up, orchestrated by Valley Waste, doesn’t take place until May.

As a result, he said, the unsightly old furniture stays curbside for days.

The annual Dump and Run event is May 3 and Acadia University Convocation takes place May 11-12.

Mayor Jeff Cantwell termed the piles “disgraceful,” while Coun. Mercedes Brian added that the piles could be creating a vermin problem. She suggested the bylaw states that no indoor furniture should be outside.

Organizations: Acadia University Convocation

Geographic location: Wolfville

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  • LM
    April 23, 2014 - 17:11

    Tired of hearing people in Wolfville complain about Acadia students. Everyone knows that a standard lease in Wolfville runs from May 1 - April 30. What are students supposed to do when the time comes to move out of their current residence? Spend even more money than they already do to have their garbage removed for them? No way. The university itself brings so much money into this town, and yet nothing is done to help the students who fund this school. If you think the garbage on the side of the road for two weeks is bad, maybe someone should focus on the units students are forced to rent due to a lack of options. I understand that there is a committee that has been formed to address this issue, but I think Valley Waste needs to use common sense and understand that there is a need for earlier Spring clean up. And just one final note: contacting tenants to remind them of the date of the clean up isn't going to do anything. It is still approximately two weeks away from when most students leave Wolfville for the summer/forever, which will still leave students in the lurch when it comes to disposing of unwanted furniture and garbage.

  • NR
    April 23, 2014 - 11:33

    Great comment HC. Doesn't make sense to have the Dump and Run after students move out. Most students have left town by that time so there is nothing for them to do aside from leaving it by the road for pickup (which is a few weeks away). Make it easier for students to return refundables and dispose of waste, no student is going to spend money to cab to the bottle depot and use the returned money for fare. Jeff Cantwell, stop complaining about it and give the students the tools they need to make the proper changes to cleanliness. While your at it, take a hard look at the landlords in your area and the disrepair some of their tenants live in and then understand that it's hard to be proud of some of these slums.

  • HC
    April 21, 2014 - 17:34

    Simple solution. Acadia has been here for a long time. Students have been leaving Wolfville mid April, when classes are done. If valley waste had a brain, they would coordinate their pickup when 50% of the populations leaves the town! not 3 weeks later. Not mention, Wolfville has no bottle depot, where students can return refundables and get their deposits back. Hiring taxis, or taking public transportation isn't feasible. When I called to look into, I was told there are enough depots in the area. I can go on and on, however, I have chosen to sell my properties in Wolfville and start investing in port Williams.

    • Murrb
      April 22, 2014 - 08:58

      Perfect solution, HC! Now let's see if the Valley Waste people can step up and put the obvious remedy into practice.