Colonie, Guilderland talk trash

He met with Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan and public works and landfill officials on Wednesday, July 1, to discuss the agreement.

The Town of Colonie has a board meeting on Thursday, July 16, and will be voting on a motion to take Guilderland as a customer.

The town of Guilderland is not required to dump a minimum amount of trash with the City of Albany, Runion said, and he is not expecting a legal battle.

"We're not obligated to submit a minimum amount of material," he said.

Town Board member Warren Redlich said he is in favor of switching over to the Town of Colonie's landfill, as he does not support dumping at Rapp Road, but voiced concerns that the agreement is a short-term solution, and noted that private haulers in Guilderland will still be using the Rapp Road landfill.

He also questioned the timing of the discussions between Guilderland and Colonie, and questioned why talks with the neighboring municipality did not begin sooner.

"How hard is it to find Colonie," he said. "It's not that far away."

Redlich also criticized Runion for voting in favor of a motion to "adopt a resolution of agreement to implement the terms of the Solid Waste Management Plan for the ANSWERS program." The program is no longer officially titled ANSWERS, which refers to the Albany New York Solid Waste Energy Recovery System.

The motion was passed 3-to-2 on May 19, with Redlich and Town Board member Mark Grimm opposing. They said voting to approve the Solid Waste Management Plan was essentially voting to expand the landfill. Runion said the move is not quid-pro quo, and the town had no viable alternative to dump their trash. He noted at that meeting that he is not in favor of a landfill expansion, and reiterated that sentiment in a Monday, July 6, interview.

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