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Village of Massena to decrease trash collection fees

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MASSENA - After the St. Lawrence County Legislature decided to lower municipal tipping fees by more than $30 a ton, the village of Massena was able to pass some of those savings onto its residents, reducing their monthly trash collection fee by $1.25.

Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad said the tipping fee decrease from $122 to $90 per ton will save the village roughly $123,000 over the course of a full year. At the same time the county decreased its tipping fees, it did however, vote to increase its recycling fees.

“Conversely when our refuse rates dropped from $122 to $90, our recycling rates were increased from $20 per ton to $40 per ton, so that ate into our savings a little bit,” Mr. Fayad said, explaining the village is still projecting $106,000 in savings.

Using those savings, Mr. Fayad said he was able to recommend reducing the monthly refuse collection and disposal fee from $22.75 per month to $21.50.

The village board will discuss the recommendation today, and is expected to set a date for a public hearing to discuss the change. According to a preliminary agenda for tonight’s meeting, one potential date for the hearing is May 20, with the hearing expected to start prior to the regularly scheduled meeting that night.

“Our efforts last year resulted in significant savings in our tipping fees,” Mr. Fayad said, adding that he appreciated the assistance of Mayor James F. Hidy, as well as trustees Patricia K. Wilson and Timothy J. Ahlfeld.

Mr. Fayad also applauded the St. Lawrence County Legislature for doing what he called “the right thing.”

“I want to thank the legislature for doing the right thing for the people of St. Lawrence County.”

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