Two agencies in Ogdensburg whose mission it is to help the needy are grappling with a problem that they dont need: trash dropped outside their doors.
Officials at St. Vincent de Paul, 1115 Ford St., and the Salvation Army Seek-N-Find store, 727 State St., say the dropping off of garbage, used furniture and old appliances isnt as blatant as it has been in the recent past. Still, they would prefer that people stick to donating used clothing and food and do it during business hours.
We dont have a problem anymore, Frank F. Bateman, St. Vincent de Pauls treasurer, said Friday. Here and there we get a bag.
Salvation Army Capt. Angela S. Shaffer said that the illicit trash deposits both in and out of the Seek-N-Find stores parking lot dumpster have decreased.
Its not really that bad, she said, adding that the only significant accumulation occurs in the aftermath of seasonal yard sales in the city.
All those smelly $5 easy chairs and dead 75-cent television sets and radios end up in and surrounding the dumpster.
They dont want to have to pay to haul it away, Mrs. Shaffer said.
So it falls to the Salvation Army to pay up. Mrs. Shaffer said the total monthly bill, including solid waste transfer station tipping fees and the cost of gasoline, comes to between $20 and $30 a month. Thats hardly a budget buster, she said, but it does siphon money from needs closer to the charitys mission.
Thats $20 to $30 we could use toward buying food, Mrs. Shaffer said.
Mr. Bateman said St. Vincent de Paul stopped accepting used furniture a decade ago when the bulk of accumulation became too much. The drop-off point has usually been a narrow space between the buildings west side and a lane. He said the agency has probably spent in recent years a few hundred dollars to have the unwanted trash hauled away.
Mr. Bateman said the installation last summer of an outdoor surveillance camera has been successful in cutting down on the illicit dumping. People know they are being watched and move on.
That camera is doing its job, he said.
The St. Vincent de Paul store, Mr. Bateman said, is a an asset to this community. We dont want people being afraid to go there.
The Seek-N-Find stores hours of business are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The telephone number is 393-4919.
The St. Vincent de Paul stores hours are Monday through Friday, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. The telephone number is 393-6579.