Concerns Expressed Over New Chautauqua County Landfill Commission

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ELLERY, NY (WNY News Now) – To much of the dismay of Public Facilities workers, the Chautauqua County Legislature approved a new commission to oversee the County’s Landfill last week. 

The seven member proposed group will consist of local officials, private businesses, and local waste experts appointed by County Executive PJ Wendel.

Public Facilities Deputy Director Aaron Gustafson spoke to legislators about concerns that come from a commission like this.

Some points that Gustafson brought up include the reasoning for the commission, what they would even accomplish that is not being done now, and the role that private businesses will have.

“We do not feel that the added level of government, the commission, will solve any more issues that the current process that are already in place,” explained Gustafson. “especially given the concerning involvement of private interests that are proposed to be part of the commission.”

The commission was approved by a vote of 12 to 5. The legislation now awaits approval by County Executive PJ Wendel.


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