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Parishville limits transfer station use to residents, taxpayers

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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 morning’s meeting.

“I was initially in favor of doing this maybe for the outlying areas. The problem lies — they don’t pay any taxes in the town of Parishville and we’ve been hired to represent our constituents,” Councilwoman Kari Tremper said. “I am saying that if you don’t live in the town of Parishville, you don’t own property in the town of Parishville and you’re not paying taxes — I’m 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 don’t need to be paying for out-of-town usage. You can’t 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 hasn’t always been strictly enforced.

“I know we’re not going to get everybody. There’s going to be people that will figure out a way around the system, and we’ll 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 it’s 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.

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