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Landfill RFP issued, but not without debate

Cunningham said this was actually an option that was suggested to him, which he revealed in September 2010 during a presentation of the findings of the Landfill Exploratory Committee. He said some collection companies said they could move waste from the landfill to regions out in Western New York for a cheaper price than using the landfill.

It would be the exact opposite of what the town is trying to accomplish, Cunningham said, because it would end up shutting down the landfill and stopping any operation at the facility.

"You go to a transfer station when your landfill is full and you can't use it anymore," he said. "But this thing is fully operating and to go to a transfer station would be counterproductive."

Councilman Bob Becker pointed out before his vote that this is only a resolution to issue a request for proposal and nothing in this legislation is meant to be a final decision on a specific private partnership agreement.

"As one of the options, we have the option to completely reject all proposals," he said.

To explain his vote against the resolution, Councilman Dan Dustin said the RFP "affects all residents" and said he had not received the info from the proposal until 6 p.m., at the agenda review session before the town board meeting.

This comment drew a befuddled look from Supervisor Paula Mahan and a smirk on Hornick's face.

"To gain money upfront today puts us all at risk in the future," he said. "I really hope that the town and the town residents are going to have the ability to provide significant input once the RFP goes out."

Hornick said that all of this information was presented and identified to them during the session before the board meeting and said that Dustin did not have any questions on the final RFP then. He did admit, however, that there were some minor tweaks made since the draft RFP.

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