continued Malaney said the town board would protect residents by demanding a private company set its prices before agreeing to any contract to privatize the transfer station operation.
Cutting expenses is another option being considered by the town board. The town could keep the transfer station and reduce its hours and/or its personnel. There are currently three full-time town employees at the transfer station five days a week. Malaney is not in favor of cutting any jobs, but believes a transfer station worker could be moved to another town department.
“We’re also looking at the cost of upgrading the operation ourselves to find out if it could be cost-effective to run it ourselves without Essex County,” Malaney said.
“We’re starting to prepare the new (2014) budget and we have to look at all departments, everything in town government, to see where we may save money,” Malaney said. “This is part of that review.”
One thing is certain, though.
“There will be a transfer station there,” Malaney said. “I don’t know if it will be privatized, if it will be part of the county system, if we’ll do it ourselves. These are questions we are still investigating and studying. One thing for sure is that we’ll have a place for people to take their trash.”