PARISHVILLE The Town Council has decided to limit use of the transfer station to Parishville residents and taxpayers because of concerns that out-of-towners are dumping trash there for free.
Hopkinton resident Lisa MacWilliams appeared before the board last month, requesting permission to use the facility.
The request was tabled until Tuesday mornings meeting.
I was initially in favor of doing this maybe for the outlying areas. The problem lies they dont pay any taxes in the town of Parishville and weve been hired to represent our constituents, Councilwoman Kari Tremper said. I am saying that if you dont live in the town of Parishville, you dont own property in the town of Parishville and youre not paying taxes Im in favor of discontinuing any outside people.
The town operates the transfer station on Rutman Road, where residents bring trash and recyclables, which are later picked up by Casella Waste Systems.
Town board members Conrad Cook and Shirley Robinson agreed with the restriction.
We dont need to be paying for out-of-town usage. You cant let one in without letting them all in to use it, she said.
Parishville always has required users of the transfer station to be town residents, but the rule hasnt always been strictly enforced.
I know were not going to get everybody. Theres going to be people that will figure out a way around the system, and well work that out as we get to it, Town Supervisor Rodney G. Votra said.
Taxpayers spend $30,000 to $40,000 per year to operate the transfer station, and its not fair to them to allow haulers to use it, he said.
The board unanimously agreed to limit the transfer station to Parishville residents and taxpayers, while also restricting private haulers as of May 1.