By Joe Siccardi
Reveille/Between the Lakes
The Board of Supervisors heard an earful Tuesday night (April 11) from a steady stream of petitioners – almost two hours worth – on environmental issues.
The speakers were trying to convince the county legislators the issues surrounding Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls are more than a town issue, but rather affect the entire county as issues spill over to tourism.
The county has maintained the landfill is a town issue over which it has no jurisdiction.
John Garee, a Seneca Falls resident living within eyesight of the Seneca Meadows mounds, came up with some suggestions, including additional tipping fees for SMI clients who do not segregate their waste. He suggested the host agreement with the Town of Seneca Falls was “broken” and the county could assist by establishing a solid waste department.
Doug Avery shared some Trip Advisor reviews, one categorically stating they cut their trip short because of the odor issues. That’s tourism, he pointed out. That’s a county issue.
Allison Stokes spoke broadly on environmental issues, but questioned why a sewer line from 318 would be running adjacent to the canal under the Ludovico Trail en route to processing at the Seneca Falls Wastewater Treatment plant.
Kyle Black of Seneca Meadows took notes and commented briefly the company was aware of the odor issues, responds whenever there is a complaint and is actively working to remedy the situation. He said the monitoring operation is 24/7/365
Seneca Falls Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, said the future of Seneca County is in economic development and said cooperation was needed to work together to deal with environmental issues.