by Carol Thompson
Several Oswego County legislators have confirmed there has been discussion in regard to closing the county’s transfer stations in order to close a budget gap that is expected to grow worse in 2014.
A resident contacted The Valley News last week, alleging to have overheard “several county employees” at a fast food restaurant speaking about the potential for closure and further alleging the information had been passed from a legislator to a department head.
When contacted last week, several legislators confirmed that the matter has been discussed in the Republican caucus, but would not further elaborate or speak on the record.
The county has been struggling financially as legislators attempt to close a budget gap, due in part to the court’s lowering of the assessment of the Oswego Steam Station, owned by Oswego Harbor Power, LLC.
“There was a discussion about closing all the transfer stations except Bristol Hill and it is still being discussed,” one legislator noted. “They are talking in 2014.”
All legislators said it is going to be looked at for 2014 and the towns and trash haulers will be involved in future discussions.
One option, according to one legislator, is to have a municipal pickup with each town competitively bidding out for the service.
The county operates five transfer stations: Bristol Hill, Hannibal, Hastings, Pulaski and Oswego as well as an Energy Recovery Facility.
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