MASSENA - With the absence of Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad from Tuesday nights village board meeting, trustees voted to table his proposal to potentially seek a new hauler for the sludge from its sewer plant.
In a letter written to Mayor James F. Hidy and village trustees, Mr. Fayad wrote, I firmly believe we will be able to reduce hauling costs and keep hauling contractors competitive by requesting a proposal to haul. Should we elect to develop a long-term commitment, we may be eligible for additional reduction in pricing.
Mr. Fayad said the villages sludge is currently hauled to Seneca Meadows by We Care Organics at a rate of $109.51 per ton. Given that the village produces 1,210 tons of sludge each year, Mr. Fayad said sludge disposal costs them $132,495 annually.
Hass wants to go out and look at bids, Mr. Hidy said, noting that he too believes there is money to be saved.
Trustee Timothy J. Ahlfeld said that while sludge and refuse are two different issues, they are similar and are issues that municipalities all over the county are dealing with.
Mr. Ahlfeld recently attended a county legislature meeting with Mr. Fayad and Mr. Hidy.
I was glad to see the discussion that went on, he said, adding the legislature discussed ways for its solid waste department to either save money or generate additional revenue for 90 minutes.
The more tonnage the county can bring to Rodman, the cheaper it is for everyone, Mr. Ahlfeld said, noting that is why the county is not pleased to hear about Massena discussing going into the garbage business on their own.
Mr. Fayad said last week he believes the town could save more than $100,000 a year by building its own transfer station and either hauling its own waste to Rodman or hiring a private firm to transport the garbage to a landfill.
Massena resident R. Shawn Gray though disagreed, noting during the citizens comment portion of the meeting that the village has repeatedly said the cost of going into the garbage business would be somewhere between $1.6 million and $2 million.
It would take you 16 to 20 years to break even from it, then you would have to replace the equipment again, he said. If your savings are only $100,000, it would take you a long time to recoup your costs.