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Budget sub-committee talks cuts

Essex County Board of Supervisors

Essex County Board of Supervisors Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “You do have to take into consideration that there are some roads where it may be dangerous to have only one person in the truck,” Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. “Also, the county has been subsidizing a lot of the transfer station costs for the towns. If you increase the tipping fee levels at the county that would be just passed on to the towns. I think we could take this one step further and turn over all of this equipment and transfer stations over to the townships.”

“If you want to dissolve the county transfer station system it will work well for the big towns,” Newcomb Supervisor George Canon said. “For the little towns, if this system is dissolved then we will be holding our hands on our butt.”

“I have always been an advocate of charging by weight at the transfer stations,” Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley said. “We are paying by weight to get rid of this stuff, we should be charging by weight. If we are a county system then we should be more consistent with our fees.”

Westport Supervisor Dan Connell talked about the need for training of supervisors.

“There is very little training for elected officials,” Connell said. “If you start saying that we cannot go to the one training that the county officials can go to, then you are cutting off your nose to spite your face.”

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