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October 23, 2012

E'town shuts down brush dump

ELIZABETHTOWN — Misuse of the Elizabethtown brush dump has resulted in its closure.

The Elizabethtown Town Council voted on Oct. 16 to shut it down.

“Despite notices at the brush dump designating the site for Elizabethtown residents only, residents from other towns as well as commercial haulers are using the area,” Town Supervisor Margaret Bartley said in a press release.

As well, she said, people were dumping items there that the State Department of Environmental Conservation does not allow.

“The town board took the action to close the brush dump because they did not want the NYS DEC to permanently close it and impose fines,” she said.

“This has happened in the neighboring Town of Westport.”

Signs posted at the site now say it is closed.

“The brush now dumped in the roadway will be removed, and the brush-dump area will be fenced and gated,” Bartley said.

“Anyone who leaves brush or debris at the site will be prosecuted for illegal dumping.”

The council will talk about opening the dump in the future on a limited basis, she said, only for Elizabethtown residents.

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