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Schroon trash station investigated

Crime or mismanagement?

State auditors believe a crime may have been committed. Schroon Supervisor Mike Marnell disagrees. District Attorney Kristy Sprague will have the final say. At issue are Schroon trash transfer station revenues.

State auditors believe a crime may have been committed. Schroon Supervisor Mike Marnell disagrees. District Attorney Kristy Sprague will have the final say. At issue are Schroon trash transfer station revenues.

— Marnell said before he took office people used “bulk” payment cards to dispose of trash. Those cards were intended to be used for appliances and other large items, but Marnell said people used them for regular trash. The “bulk” cards have since been discontinued.

There were also areas of the transfer station that were available to the public after hours. Marnell believes some people dumped without paying. Those areas have since been fenced, he said.

Also, transfer station attendants may have under-charged people in some cases, the supervisor said. A new scale with a computer print out has since been installed at the facility, Marnell noted. The town has also placed two people at the station to help monitor trash disposal.

“I think it was just a case of poor management,” Marnell said of the revenue drop. “I don’t expect any (criminal) charges. We’ve made changes there and I think we have a handle on things now.”

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