Brush dump closed in Elizabethtown

Pile of brush overflow onto the roadways.

Pile of brush overflow onto the roadways.

— The Elizabethtown brush dump is now closed.

Supervisor Margaret Bartley said that due to irresponsible dumping taking place at the site, the town had closed the brush dump until further notice.

“The entire area has been filled by larger debris that should not be dumped there,” Bartley said. “There are whole trees up there when the law says that there cannot be any branches over three inches in diameter. It has become so hard to get in there that people have been dumping on the side of the road and along the trails, which creates another set of problems.”

Town councilman Jim Phillips brought up the issue at a recent town board meeting.

“I stood there on a Saturday and watched five trucks come in there with brush that were not even from the town,” Phillips said. “It has gotten so now that we need to figure out what we are going to do.”

“I know that the DEC can come in here right now and shut the whole thing down if we do not stop this now,” Bartley said at the meeting. “We put up extra signs and it didn’t do anything.”

Bartley suggested that the brush dump be fenced off and then opened on a limited basis.

“We could pick one Saturday a month for three hours to open the dump,” she said. “But we are shutting it down and we are going to have to clean it up, which is an added expense to the town. We have to regain control over this.”

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