Resolution pleases Hartford dump opponents

The Washington County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a resolution Friday stating the board will not seek to renew the landfill permit for the proposed dump site on Eldridge Lane in the Town of Hartford.

The measure was approved in committee and is headed for the full board tomorrow at the regular monthly meeting of the board of supervisors.

The measure said the permit, which expired on Jan. 1, 2011, and the efforts to create a landfill in Hartford should be abandoned in light of the undesirability of a landfill, developments in the solid waste market and the impending expiration of the obligation to the burn plant.

Hartford Supervisor Dana Haff sent out an email, encouraging town residents to come to today’s, 10 a.m. meeting to show their support for the resolution.

Haff said he pleased the board was taking what he called “an unprecedented stance” regarding the landfill. “It’s wonderful, it’s a historic change in position,” Haff said of the county move away from permit renewal.

The prospects for a landfill at the site dimmed following years of inaction.  

Haff said because the original permit renewal process was not started six months prior to the January 2011 expiration date of the permit, the county already needed to begin again the process of obtaining a landfill permit with the permitting organization the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Further blocking the way of any future landfill is the Hartford law against dumps of any kind. Only one potential landfill was grandfathered under that law and that permit expired in January, he said. With a new permit, Haff said in his opinion any new attempt at a landfill would fall under the ban from the law.

Recently Haff presented the board with a file of evidence he gathered in support of the claim Hartford is owned Money by the county for failing to maintain the road after purchase of the landfill lot. That matter continues to be discussed by the board and representatives from Hartford.

Haff credited Granville Supervisor Matt Hicks with driving the effort to bring about this resolution. “He asked the question ‘Does Washington County want to be in the landfill business?’ and the answer was ‘no’,” Haff said.

Hicks said he expected the resolution to pass the full board after making it out of committee.

With the passage of the resolution Hartford takes one more step down the path away from the proposed controversial county-run landfill on Eldridge Lane.

The site was initially purchased in conjunction with Warren County as a possible site for dumping ash from the burn plant, but work at the site was never started. Ultimately, Haff said he wants to see what is best for Hartford and that is having Eldridge Lane back on the tax rolls for the town and county.

In other items on the board’s agenda, the meeting will start with a  public hearing regarding the county’s strict laws on where registered sex offenders can live in relation to schools and other facilities. The county’s law is tougher than the state’s, and similar laws in other counties have been overturned. The hearing will start at 10 a.m.

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