DPW superintendent Rob Perry announced last night at the Common Council Public Works Committee meeting that a vending machine will soon be installed outside City Hall that will dispense blue garbage bags twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and accept cash, credit and debit cards, and even Apple Pay.
The machine, which will be tucked in between the columns of the stately 1907 former bank building that is now City Hall, will not, Perry assures us, have the gaudy appearance of the machine shown as an example in the picture above. Instead, its "skin" will replicate the marble on the building's facade.
* A Footnote: In the category of post hoc ergo propter hoc, the introduction of the vending machine means the elimination of three part-time jobs selling garbage bags. One of those jobs was held for many years by the mother of former long-time mayor Rick Scalera. Mrs. Scalera, however, retired from that job not long ago.
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