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February 27, 2013

Essex County snags trash deal

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County avoided a price increase in exchange for agreeing to dump its trash at the Franklin County Regional Landfill for another five years.

County Attorney Daniel Manning III said Monday that the deal worked out with the Franklin County Solid Waste Authority keeps the price at $42 a ton when the current contract expires in 2014.

“You get (landfill) space for five years for the same price?” Supervisor George Canon (R-Newcomb) said. “Jump on it.”

Serkil LLC of Castleton transports the garbage to the Malone area landfill, and that contract expires in September 2014, Manning told the County Board of Supervisors Ways and Means Committee.

“You have to go out to requests for proposals for the (hauling) services,” he said.

SUBSIDIZED BY STATE

The county generates about 10,000 tons of solid waste a year from transfer stations in 15 towns.

The Essex County Landfill had opened in 1992 and closed in 1998 when then-Gov. George Pataki said he didn’t want landfills in the Adirondack Park.

Pataki promised the annual subsidy in exchange for the closure.

AMOUNT REDUCED

In a 20-year pact, the subsidy started at $300,000 but recently dropped 3 percent, to $294,000, as part of the agreement, County Manager Daniel Palmer said.

He said the county charges towns $54 a ton, with $42 of that going to Franklin County, Serkil getting $8 a ton to haul the trash, and $4 a ton going to Essex County for administration.

All members of the Board of Supervisors present approved the extension. Supervisors William Ferebee (R-Keene), Daniel Connell (D-Westport), David Blades (R-Lewis) and Edward Hatch (D-Willsboro) were absent.

The pact gets a final vote Monday at the regular March Board of Supervisors meeting.

The Essex County Regional Landfill in Lewis was the only state-permitted public landfill within the park’s boundaries. It now serves as the central transfer station for the county’s garbage.

Email Lohr McKinstry: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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