PORT HENRY On the seventh day....Moriah residents got rid of their trash, on a trial basis.
James Firlik presented the Moriah town board with a petition during its Sept. 11 meeting asking that the town trash transfer station be open on Sundays. The petition had 391 signatures.
Trustees agreed in July to open the trash station, located on Joyce Road in Mineville, one Sunday a month on a trial basis to see if there is a need.
In July five people utilized the station on a Sunday, generating $22 in revenue. In August six people came to the station and spent $24.
Firlik said those numbers are not indicative of the communitys desire for Sunday hours at the trash station. He said the town had done a poor job of advertising the Sunday hours.
If youre going to do this, give it a fair chance, he implored trustees.
Two more Sunday openings are planned at the station Sept. 30 and Oct. 28. Both days the station will be open 12:30-4:30 p.m.
A passionate Firlik read from the United States Constitution and reminded Moriah leaders they are elected to serve the people.
Supervisor Tom Scozzafava agreed a better job of advertising the Sunday openings is needed, but added the Moriah trash transfer station must be financially self-supporting.
User fees at the station pay its expenses, he said. No tax dollars are spent on the trash station, he stressed, and they wont be.
Scozzafava also pointed out he has received complaints from some residents who oppose having the transfer station open on Sundays.
Trustee Paul Salerno urged the board to wait until after the Sept. 30 and Oct. 28 openings to make any decisions.
Lets give it a chance, he said.
The Moriah trash transfer station is now open 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon, 1-4 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Oct. 1 the station will change to its winter hours of 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4:40 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.