MAYVILLE – Opening arguments and testimony in the lawsuit involving the environmental impact of a proposed expansion of the county landfill got underway Monday in State Supreme Court in Mayville.
The Town of Ellery is trying to block the Chautauqua County government’s effort to create a new solid waste cell at the landfill, which would require using an addition 53 acres of land already owned by the county. Ellery officials argue the new cell would have an adverse environmental impact on the residents in the town.
Also named in the lawsuit is New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which Ellery officials claim failed to follow appropriate guidelines before issuing permits to the county.
According to Tuesday’s Post-Journal, among those who gave testimony for the defense on Monday were County Executive Vince Horrigan and legislator Pierre Chagnon – who both support the project and also are residents of the township.
Court proceedings will continue Tuesday morning.