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Massena happy with county’s trash agreement


MASSENA - Mayor James F. Hidy and Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad say they’re happy with the terms of the tentative agreement reached by the county Legislature to help keep its Solid Waste Department in business for the next several years.

While the agreement lowers the cost of tipping fees, which will ultimately save the village $121,000, it also increases the cost of recycling fees.

“The tipping fees are going from $122 to $90 per ton, but the recycling fees are going from $20 to $40,” Mr. Fayad said, adding the increased recycling fees will eat a little bit into those savings.

He said once both new figures are accounted for, he’s expecting the village to save $105,000 per year for the next three to five years.

“For a first step, I’m very happy,” Mr. Fayad said, adding the agreement will end talks of the village no longer using the county for its waste disposal services.

“If we can proceed forward working toward a common goal, we’ll stick it out,” Mr. Fayad said. “But if their rates get out of control, we’ll do whatever we have to do to control our costs.”

By no longer using the county for its waste disposal services, Mr. Fayad had said the village could have saved approximately $100,000.

Mr. Hidy said he’s glad to see the county Legislature agree to a plan that he says is the best for everyone.

“Due to the fact it benefits the village to the tune of approximately $121,000 per year, I would say it’s a good thing,” he said, not accounting for the increased recycling costs. “It’s a three- to five-year agreement, and it’s certainly in the best interests of the village.”

Mr. Hidy said he would like to thank Massena’s representative on the Legislature, Gregory M. Paquin, D-Massena, for looking out for the village’s best interests.

“I would like to thank our legislator Greg Paquin for supporting us and our effort,” he said. “I would also like to thank Joe Lightfoot (R-Ogdensburg) for his persistence in structuring this agreement along with all of the other legislators who saw the need for change.”

Tipping fees for outside haulers will drop from $131 per ton to $125 per ton, while the fees for private individuals will drop from $160 to $155 per ton.

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