OSCODA – The drop off refuse program in Oscoda has been described by Township Superintendent Dave Schaeffer as a very popular offering, with increased participation year after year.

It was among other action during their May 13 meeting when the Oscoda Township Board of Trustees approved the dates to host the program again this year.

As has been the case previously, permits will be issued to township residents and/or seasonal homeowners only. The cost is $10 per permit, for each event, and participants may apply at the township treasurer’s office.

The drop off dates for 2019 will be Saturday, June 15 and Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the program will be held at 4775 Sunset St. It allows permit holders to dispose of articles which are not typically picked up as part of the residential waste collection process.

Those who take part will be able to unload a number of items, including carpet/padding, stoves, aluminum siding, bed springs, furniture and mattresses. There are several materials which will not be accepted, though, such as aerosol cans, liquids of any kind and propane tanks.

Flyers containing additional details on what is to be accepted will be available at the office of Treasurer Jaimie McGuire. She can be reached at 739-7471 for further inquiries.

It should also be noted that permits will not be available at the site, so participants are asked to plan ahead. Additionally, photo identification and proof of permit will be required on site.

The township will again be working with Sunrise Disposal Services to provide the drop off refuse program. As outlined in the contract between the two parties, the cost to the township for 2019 will be $3,300.

“I think this is a valuable program,” said Trustee William Palmer, adding that he believes it helps keep some of the blight out of the township and national forest land. “I think this is something we should continue.”

In separate business, officials also addressed the following:

• Approved amendments to Ordinance 165, which entails changes to the height allocations for both residential tourist and guest house design standards. Both the township planning commission and the Iosco Planning Commission have also approved the changes.

• Voted unanimously to hire Lois Sawielski – who previously worked as Oscoda’s deputy treasurer – to fill the seasonal, part-time tax specialist vacancy. As reported in April, this title was most recently held by Tina Light, who resigned upon finding full-time employment elsewhere.