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COLONIE: Town defends debris use

"The landfill is an enterprise fund. If you use the facility, you pay a fee no matter who you are," Stockbridge said. "We are not a tax-based entity, we are a user-fee entity."

The landfill got its $51 per ton figure by dividing last year's total waste taken in, 168,000 tons, by that year's revenue, $8.5 million. The landfill could have taken a $100,000 hit if it had taken the waste without charging the town. That wasn't happening, said Stockbridge. Everyone, residents and town highway, sewer and water, have to pay, he said.

The West Albany Rod and Gun Club was the ideal candidate to make use of the debris that was too muddy to be used by other town departments and so riddled with trash that residents wouldn't want it either, said Boisvert.

It looked so bad going in that the club wanted the town to stop the project halfway through when it caught a glimpse of the trash in the debris that included hubcaps and toilet seats, Boisvert said. Much of it was taken out as crews worked; the remainder was buried and graded.

The new driveway was done with packed millings, a byproduct of roadwork, which, like the rubble used to grade the club's entrance, sits on town lots, said Boisvert. It was not paving, which would have cost the town extra to do. It was old asphalt that had been milled to fine gravel that was spread using a paving machine and then packed with a roller.

Crews broke ground Thursday, Aug. 16, on the work. The project was in full operation the following Monday with a crew of 12 town employees, 10 trucks and one backhoe.

The project was finished Friday, Sept. 7, costing the town $38, 216.24.

Colonie records show that the town avoided spending $166,561 in the transportation and dumping of the material at the landfill.

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