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Parishville limits transfer station usage to residents, taxpayers

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PARISHVILLE - The Parishville Town Board has officially decided to limit its transfer station usage to residents and taxpayers from the municipality.

Hopkinton resident Lisa MacWilliams appeared before the board last month, requesting permission to utilize the facility.

The request was tabled until Tuesday morning’s meeting.

“I was initially in favor of doing this maybe for the outlying areas. The problem lies - they don’t pay any taxes in the town of Parishville and we’ve been hired to represent our constituents,” Councilwoman Kari Tremper said. “I am saying that if you don’t live in the town of Parishville, you don’t own property in the town of Parishville and you’re not paying taxes - I’m in favor of discontinuing any outside people. That’s just my thought.”

The town operates the transfer station on the Rutman Road, where residents bring trash and recyclables, which are later picked up by Casella Waste Systems.

Councilpersons Conrad Cook and Shirley Robinson agreed with their colleague’s view on the restriction.

“I think we have to do this to be fair to everybody because if you draw a line, then there’s no telling where you’re going to stop the line unless we limit it to within the township,” Mr. Cook said.

“I would say the same thing. I agree with Kari and Conrad that we don’t need to be paying for out-of-town usage. You can’t let one in without letting them all in to use it,” Ms. Robinson added.

In 2012, the town added a sign outside the transfer station, urging out of the area trash haulers to avoid dropping off their garbage at their location.

Parishville’s transfer station has always required visitors to be town residents but the rule hasn’t always been strictly enforced.

“I know we’re not going to get everybody. There’s going to be people that will figure out a way around the system, and we’ll work that out as we get to it,” Town Supervisor Rodney G. Votra said.

“The next thing that we need to discuss on the transfer station is... independent haulers coming in there and dumping trash. We need to make a decision on that and do something about that. We’re talking between $30,000 and $40,000 a year that taxpayers pay to subsidize that transfer station and keep it going. We’ve had issues with haulers coming in there and different things happening that we’ve discovered. Again, it’s not fair to the taxpayers to pick up the cost on that,” he said.

Ms. Tremper was again vocal in her support for strict enforcement at the facility.

“I feel that we can’t prove where these people are getting their garbage from and again it’s a disservice to the rest of the taxpayers by allowing them to use it. Not only that, we’ve had issues with them not being very cordial to our attendant and that’s not his job to take crap from somebody else,” she said. “We’re trying to make these changes, and I think it’s time now to say that we aren’t going to allow these independent haulers at this point in time,”

The board unanimously agreed to limit the transfer station utilization to Parishville residents and taxpayers, while also restricting private haulers from it as of May 1.

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