Colonie, Guilderland talk trash

Grimm said on Monday, July 6, that he suspects the contract was hastily drawn up, as a typographical error notes the term City of Cohoes where the Town of Guilderland should be written.

Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan said Runion approached her about potentially using Colonie's landfill and Mahan discussed the matter with town officials.

"It goes according to whether or not we have capacity available," she said.

She said the landfill has had some space since 2008, and taking Guilderland on for four years is within its capability.

The contract would begin in the last quarter of this year, and go through 2013.

Joe Stockbridge, director for the division of environmental services, said the town's permit allows up to 175,000 tons per year. Normally the town finishes with trash totals between 155,000 and 165,000 and a contract with Guilderland will leave them closer to the latter.

"Guilderland is not a very large generator compared to some of our other customers," Stockbridge said.

He added that if other municipalities are interested in discussing contracts, they should do so soon.

He said the City of Watervliet, City of Cohoes, and two private haulers have contracts expiring within one year.

He said no other contractors, private or municipal, have contacted Colonie thus far.

Mahan emphasized that running an efficient operation, within the landfills limit is a priority.

Guilderland will vote on the item on Tuesday, July 7, after The Spotlight has gone to press. Check back at www.spotlightnews.com for an update to the story.""

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