WATERLOO — Seneca County does not have a state-mandated solid waste management plan.
Valerie Sandlas, chairwoman of the Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee, asked the Seneca County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to take steps to begin working on that plan.
She noted that the county is host to the state’s largest landfill, Seneca Meadows in Seneca Falls, and that under Local Law 3 of 2016 passed by the Seneca Falls Town Board, the landfill is supposed to close by Dec. 31, 2025.
“I went to the state DEC website and it shows no draft or final solid waste management plan for Seneca County. Is there anything in progress?” Sandlas asked the board. “Less than two percent of the solid waste accepted by Seneca Meadows is from Seneca County. The local law calls for no new landfills in the town and maybe the county should consider no new landfills or incinerators in the county.”
“Any plan should focus on waste reduction, reuse and sustainability,” she added, offering to have the SFEAC work with the board’s Agriculture & Environmental Affairs Committee to get the ball rolling on a solid waste plan. She invited committee chairman Paul Kronenwetter, R-Seneca Falls, to the group’s next meeting Wednesday night.
Kronenwetter said he would attend but noted that the recycling market is not good right now, a fact Sandlas acknowledged.
Board chairman Bob Shipley, R-Waterloo, said he will try to get answers for Sandlas about the solid waste management plan.
Also addressing the board were Ken McConnell of Seneca Falls and Bruce Murray of Lodi, members of the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Murray, owner of a vineyard and winery in Lodi, urged the board to keep appointing the Chamber as the county’s tourism promotion agency and providing money from the room occupancy tax revenue.
He also urged the board to support the Chamber’s plan to relocate its offices to the town of Tyre near Thruway Exit 41, which he called the northern gateway to the county.
Mary Ann Kowalski of Romulus told the board that any plans to improve Seneca County Sewer District No. 2 should consider the closing of Hillside Children’s Center by the end of the year. She said Hillside is the major user of that sewer facility. Shipley asked county Public Works Commissioner Sam Priem to look into that matter.
Waterloo Supervisor Don Trout said county officials will make a trip to visit the Wayne County Water and Sewer Authority offices in Walworth at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1. He said vans will leave from the County Office Building at 9:30 a.m. and those interested in attending should notify board clerk Margaret Li.
Varick Supervisor Bob Hayssen urged those attending to visit the authority’s website for information before going.
County Manager Mitch Rowe said written agreements are almost complete for the transfer of the Route 414 sewer line from the county Industrial Development Agency to the town of Seneca Falls. He also said the Jack n’ Jill child care center should be opening in leased space in the county Senior and Health Services Building soon.
In other action, the board voted 12-1 to schedule a public hearing for 7 p.m. May 28 on the proposal to submit a Community Development Block Grant application to the state to finance a portion of the cost of expanding Seneca Dairy Systems manufacturing facilities from Fayette to Romulus.
The application would be for $525,000. Company owner Earl Martin wants to break ground on the new facility in late July or early August.