Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Steuben lLegislature approves new municipal tipping fees

BATH – New tipping fees at three Steuben County landfill transfer stations for public sector solid waste are now in place, with the county Legislature approving the new fees Monday. Tipping fees at the transfer stations in the towns of Erwin, Hornell and Wayland were set at $44 per ton, down from the current $59 per ton for municipalities and other public sector organizations.
The reduction in fees is for municipalities and the public sector only, and does not affect the tipping fees for commercial haulers of household waste.
In exchange for lower fees, municipalities and other private sector organizations will sign a three-year disposal agreement with the county, with the options for renewals.
The tipping fees reduction also is an effort to increase use of the three transfer stations, now operating below capacity. County legislators also approve Monday a contract with Alfred State College to dispose of roughly 600 tons per year of municipal solid waste at the new rate of $44 per ton for three years with the option of renewals. Steuben lawmakers also gave strong support to proposed state legislation requiring the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to increase the county’s share of fees collected at local DMV offices. The state DMV now takes in 87.3 percent of the fees collected by the Steuben DMV for services mandated by the state. The county’s 13.7 percent share of the collected fees has not increased since 1999, although services by the local DMV have steadily grown, according to county Clerk Judith Hunter. The difference in the cost of actual services and the county’s share of state DMV revenues has been paid by county taxpayers, Hunter said. "This increase for local DMVs is essential," Hunter told legislators. "Thank you very much for your support. In other action, the board:
*Authorized an agreement for the installation and operation of the New York State Early Warning Weather Detection System at the Call Hill tower site. *Designated Steuben County as the lead agency for State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) compliance for the proposed replacement of the County Courthouse roof.
*Accepted a state Elder Abuse and Outreach Program grant of $6,253. The grant will support five community trainings through the Institute for Human Services and TRIAD.