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Cortland Lawmakers Consider Waiving Landfill Fees

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Cortland County lawmakers have agreed to waive fees for a contractor who dumped more material than he expected in the county landfill.

The Legislatures Solid Waste Committee voted Tuesday to waive $28 thousand dollars in tipping fees for a contractor that underestimated how much asphalt and other material he was dumping in the landfill.

Syracuse-based Jag Environmental LLC was awarded a contract as part of the renovations and replacement of the SUNY Cortland tennis courts. JAG underestimated the debris removal for the project.

The company paid $200 thousand dollars in tipping fees, but the actual cost was $228 thousand.

In order to recoup the other $28 thousand, the county was facing a costly lawsuit. Citing a concern that the struggling landfill would be seen as hostile to business lawmakers have recommended forfeiting the extra money.

The full legislature will vote on the 27th. Previous reports show the landfill losing hundreds of thousands of dollars per year due to low volumes of trash and high debt and operational expenses.

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