MAYVILLE – The town of Ellery has filed a lawsuit against the county to try and stop its effort to develop a new cell at the county landfill.
The town filed the lawsuit last week against both the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Chautauqua County to invalidate the permitting and SEQR.
The lawsuit comes after the town failed to accept a proposed hosting agreement put forward by the county. Town of Ellery officials have voiced their concern for the landfill expansion, saying they felt the town should be compensated if it is to continue hosting the landfill, which takes in tons of garbage on a daily basis – some of which comes from outside of the county. The county says it needs to create a new cell in order to continue accepting garbage – which not only provides revenue for county government, but also helps to keep local waste disposal prices lower than what they would be if the waste had to be taken out-of-county.
The county legislature will consider allocating funding to fight the lawsuit when it meets later this month in Mayville.