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Residents express concerns over status of landfill

Aug 05, 2016 7:00 am

Greg Hudson is reporting in the Windham Journal residents expressed concerns during a meeting of the Lexington Town Board, Tue., Aug. 2, about an ongoing violation at the now defunct town of Hunter landfill. The landfill closed more than 20 years ago, but has been fined more than $30,000 by the DEC, for a failing leach area. The responsibility of maintaining the landfill is shared by six municipalities: Hunter, Windham, Ashland, Jewett, Lexington and Prattsville. Resident Sal Mancuso told the board he was frustrated with the town's inaction, at the same time it has moved forward with the $9 million sewer project, funded by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. “You’re sitting here wasting millions of dollars on a sewer project we don’t need,” Mancuso said. Lexington Town Supervisor John Berger said the landfill and the sewer project were unrelated. Berger said the 1985 contract with Hunter obligated Lexington to pay 12 percent of all operational and maintenance costs related to the landfill. But because the dump closed in 1992, it is unclear if the contract is still binding, Berger said he could not yet respond to Mancuso because his own investigation into the situation was ongoing. Berger said he will present the results of his landfill investigation at the September 6 town board meeting. Resident Bob Mazurek said, “No matter when you ask the question, he’s always in the middle of the investigation,. Three years from now he’ll still be investigating it.” Read the full story in the Windham Journal.