Colonie in negotiations with Waste Connections, Inc. for landfill

The Town of Colonie has announced that it is currently in the final negotiating stages with Waste Connections, Inc., a private firm out of California, to assume the operation of the town's landfill.

This announcement comes after a Request for Proposal was sent out in January for private firms to bid on beginning a partnership with the town. Waste Connections, Inc., was on of the six companies the town was in negotiations with.

Supervisor Paula Mahan said there has not been a final agreement reached and that a solid date has not been set for when the agreement will be reached.

\We don't know how things will progress, she said.

As mentioned yesterday, the town will be holding public information sessions at Town Hall, one on July 13 at 8:30 a.m., and another on July 14 at 6 p.m. There have been two additional meetings confirmed by Mahan with one of July 20 at 7 p.m., at The Crossings of Colonie, and another on July 25 at 7 p.m., in the Village of Colonie at the Village Hall on Thunder Road.

Mahan said there will be more information at those meetings and that once a final agreement is reached it will be presented to the Town Board.

Department of Public Works Commissioner Jack Cunningham said the process was a long one and said that after a thorough review by the town's Landfill Exploratory Committee, Waste Connections, Inc. was the best option.

"It provided the best benefit for the town from an operating standpoint and through financial considerations," he said. "They appear to be a really good fit for the community."

Terms and negotiations are still be negotiated, he said, but those negotiations cannot be made public as for the safety of the taxpayers.

Waste Connections, Inc., will be operating the landfill the same way the town did. It will be looking to maximize the amount of waste volume as well as work with other companies in the region to bring in waste.

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