CHURUBUSCO — Town of Clinton officials are concerned that the landfill convenience station in their town can close at a moment’s notice, leaving residents frustrated.
“Some of these people drive several miles to the convenience station on a Saturday morning, only to get there and find that it’s closed,” Clinton Supervisor Daniel LaClair told Clinton County Legislators at a recent Finance Committee meeting.
“Then they have to drive all the way back home with their garbage.”
The convenience station in Churubusco is one of 11 in the county. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
The convenience stations and the main landfill campus in Morrisonville are operated by New England Waste Systems (Casella) under a contract with the county.
County Administrator Michael Zurlo said that when there is a staff shortage, Casella must close the least-used convenience station, which is the one in Churubusco.
“We pay taxes to the county, and we get no CART (public bus) service, and now we get no convenience station,” LaClair said, referring to the bus service to and from Churubusco that was cut two years ago due to lack of ridership.
LaClair requested that the town at least be notified when the station will be closed so they could let residents know.
Legislator Colin Read agreed.
“A convenience station can’t become an inconvenience station,” Read said.
Landfill General Manager Kevin Shaw said 45 employees work at the landfill and the convenience stations, and when someone is out, it can be difficult to staff all of the convenience stations.
He said that last fall, the staff lost three workers at one time, leaving them shorthanded.
Shaw said the Churubusco station has not been closed since October.
“When we are short staff, we have to close the least busiest station, but that has not happened in a few months,” Shaw said.