S.P. delays vote on waste collection changes

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SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council Wednesday repealed a superfluous moratorium on tar sands development in the city, and tabled action on amending the city’s waste collection system to include some condominiums and apartment buildings. 

Although councilors previously passed a first reading of the waste collection changes, a handful of residents of smaller condominiums and apartment buildings not included in the changes were concerned the process was rushed.

Councilors voted 6-1 to table, with Mayor Jerry Jalbert opposed. They will take up the ordinance again in a workshop, and scheduled final action Oct. 6. 

Councilors also unanimously repealed the moratorium on development proposals involving the loading of tar sands in the city, which had been retroactively in place since last November. 

It was essentially a housekeeping action, since the the so-called “Clear Skies Ordinance” was passed in late July to prohibit the bulk loading of crude oil onto marine vessels in certain city zones.

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