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Town OKs landfill agreement

Final public hearing sees questions on finances and odor control

Scott Osur, a resident of Colonie, gives his support on the landfill agreement at the public hearing on Thursday, July 28.

Scott Osur, a resident of Colonie, gives his support on the landfill agreement at the public hearing on Thursday, July 28. Photo by Andrew Beam.

— The Colonie Town Board passed a resolution Thursday, July 28, to award the contract for an operational agreement for the town’s landfill to Waste Connections, Inc.

After three hours of hearing from Colonie residents and some of their Halfmoon neighbors, the board finally voted 6-to-1 for the resolution. The conversation on Thursday strayed from previous discussions of dumping rates and the possibility of an expansion to the odor emitted from the landfill. Halfmoon Supervisor Mindy Wormuth joined several residents in expressing a concern with the environmental impact of having a large company like Waste Connections come in and manage the landfill. Their main concern was that if it were to expand or increase the amount of airspace consumed, that would mean a more potent smell of garbage would waft over into Halfmoon.

“The landfill’s possible expansion is a regional issue, not a local issue,” said Henrietta O’Grady, a resident of Halfmoon. “There is a large suburban population that is directly impacted. When the south winds go, we receive whatever odors are emitted from the landfill.”

Jeanne Warzek, another resident of Halfmoon, said residents of Colonie won’t have to deal with the smell as much as Halfmoon residents do.

“There was no consulting with the Town of Halfmoon in any way,” she said, “This will probably affect us more than any of the residents of Colonie.”

Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan pointed out that the town has always had the option to expand the landfill, even before the Waste Connections Deal was struck.

“The potential has always been there,” she said. “The town could ask to expand the landfill. I do know the town, in the past, has increased tonnage. We also bought land with the intent to provide the option for the future if we wanted to act on those [cells].”

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