ELLERY – The town of Ellery is moving forward with a local law aimed at preventing the expansion of the Chautauqua County Landfill.
According to the Jamestown Post Journal, the town board held a special meeting on Nov. 19 and passed its solid waste management facilities law, which prevents the permitting, construction and expansion of the landfill located in the town.
The action came one day after the county legislature approved two resolutions dealing with the 53-acre expansion, including borrowing $18 million to pay for the project.
Ellery officials are concerned with environmental impact the landfill has had on residents and is seeking a hosting fee from the county to pay the town whenever the landfill accepts waste from outside of the county.
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has said county officials have outlined an agreement with Ellery and presented it to the town officials Thursday, although the town board did not discuss the tentative agreement during its meeting.
According to the Post-Journal, the county wants to pay the town 50 cents per ton on all out-of-county waste taken in by the landfill. The town is asking for $4 per ton. The amount collected by the landfill is $28 per ton for all municipal waste.
Horrigan has said that the town will have to respond to the county’s offer by Dec. 8 or it will be withdrawn in anticipation of litigation.