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Cortland legislators to revisit flow control

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Cortland legislators on the highway committee meet Tuesday, where they’ll discuss recommendations made to revise the local flow control law.

Waste and recycling haulers that pick up in the county are supposed to dump those materials at the county-owned landfill and recycling center, but mixed loads have often been taken to nearby areas with lesser tipping fees.

The result has been a blow in revenue to Cortland County, which currently faces a more than five million dollar deficit.

In January 2019, the county hired legal counsel to review the flow control law and recommend changes that might help close the loophole and start making some of its money back.

Brought in for the job was Michael Cahill, of the Long-Island based Germano & Cahill, who was also hired by the county legislature in 2015 to help draft the original law.

Cahill defended an early version of flow control all the way up to the United State Supreme Court back in 2007, representing the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority.


Stay tuned with WXHC for additional coverage next week.

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