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 mornings meeting.
I was initially in favor of doing this maybe for the outlying areas. The problem lies - they dont pay any taxes in the town of Parishville and weve been hired to represent our constituents, Councilwoman Kari Tremper said. I am saying that if you dont live in the town of Parishville, you dont own property in the town of Parishville and youre not paying taxes - Im in favor of discontinuing any outside people. Thats 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 colleagues view on the restriction.
I think we have to do this to be fair to everybody because if you draw a line, then theres no telling where youre 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 dont need to be paying for out-of-town usage. You cant 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.
Parishvilles transfer station has always required visitors to be town residents but the rule hasnt always been strictly enforced.
I know were not going to get everybody. Theres going to be people that will figure out a way around the system, and well 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. Were talking between $30,000 and $40,000 a year that taxpayers pay to subsidize that transfer station and keep it going. Weve had issues with haulers coming in there and different things happening that weve discovered. Again, its 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 cant prove where these people are getting their garbage from and again its a disservice to the rest of the taxpayers by allowing them to use it. Not only that, weve had issues with them not being very cordial to our attendant and thats not his job to take crap from somebody else, she said. Were trying to make these changes, and I think its time now to say that we arent 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.