JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Post-Journal is reporting that a tentative court date has been set in the case involving the town of Ellery and its effort to fight the expansion of the Chautauqua County Landfill.
In February Ellery officials brought a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the county to challenge the environmental review and permits for the landfill expansion, which would involving using 53-acres of county-owned land to develop new solid waste storage cell. If the expansion doesn’t take place, the county could run out of room at the landfill within the next 2 to 5 years. Adding new sells would extend the landfill life for an addition 20 years.
The county had offered pay the town of Ellery a host-fee of 50 cents for every ton of out-of-county waste that came into the landfill, but Ellery officials rejected the offer, and were reportedly asking for $4 per ton.
Meanwhile, the Chautauqua County Legislature has already given its unanimous approval for borrowing $18 million to pay for the expansion project.
A tentative court appearance date is set for April 25 as representatives from the town and the county will gather at State Supreme Court in Mayville, although the date could be changed.