ELLERY – The town of Ellery is investigating the possibility of challenging the county’s effort to expand the landfill by 53 acres.
According to a recent report in the Post-Journal, the Town of Ellery board has authorized an attorney to investigate a court challenge to halt the expansion on the grounds of environmental concerns. The news comes after the town board earlier this month rejected a proposed hosting agreement that was put forward by county executive Vince Horrigan.
Meanwhile, the county executive says the county will move forward with the landfill expansion as planned.
The county has suggested it pay the town a hosting fee of 50 cents per ton of all out-of-county waste that comes into the landfill. The town had suggested a fee of $4-per-ton for out-of-county waste.
In November the Chautauqua County Legislature approved the environmental review study for the expansion, as well as borrowing the $18 million necessary to move the project forward.