Council: Issue transfer station permits

For the first time since 1994, Gloversville residents may be able to dispose of trash and old applia

For the first time since 1994, Gloversville residents may be able to dispose of trash and old appliances at the Fulton County Landfill.

The Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve issuing transfer station permits. The program, spearheaded by Councilman Ray Hindes Jr., will be implemented if approved by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors at its July 1 committee meeting and then at its July 14 monthly meeting.

If those approvals materialize, Hindes said permits, at $25 each good through Dec. 31, 2009, will be sold at the City Clerk’s office starting July 15.

Hindes said the permit sales and the decision to eliminate the fall drop-off program at a savings of $4,000 to $5,000 will pay the cost of the program. The county will charge the city $47 per ton of material taken to the Mud Road transfer station.

“Now the people of the city will have a place to take things,” said Hindes.

In other business Tuesday:

The council approved a sewer connection for the new YMCA facility on Harrison Street in the town of Johnstown. The measure had been tabled over concerns the sewage from the YMCA would overwhelm the city’s pumping station at the Crossroads Industrial Park. Y officials discovered well into their building project that the existing sewer line was too small. The new Y is expected to open in August.

The city and the Gloversville Enlarged School District have agreed on a new summer swim program at the middle school pool. Open swimming for all community residents will be offered four hours per day on weekdays from July 7 to Aug. 8. The city will pay about $11,000 to the school district, which the state Education Department has ruled is sufficient compensation during the district’s contingency budget year of 2008-09. When the school budget was defeated and the contingency budget adopted there were concerns that city would not be able to afford the cost of using the pool.

Councilman Matthew Myers, R-5th Ward, said the pool agreement demonstrates “the city and the school district are working together for the benefit of families and children.”

Councilman John Castiglione, R-2nd Ward, said the pool agreement may be the first of a number of joint initiatives.

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