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Flow Control, Recycling Center Revisited in Legislature Committee Meetings

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Three Committees of the Cortland County Legislature met yesterday (January 8) morning.

Solid Waste Committee

The Solid Waste Committee officially voted to bring in outside legal counsel to review the County’s flow control law. Specifically Michael Cahill, of the Long-Island based Germano and Cahill firm, will be hired to identify weaknesses in its law and make recommendations on improving it.

Cahill is well-versed in flow control. In fact, he defended an early version of the law all the way up to the United State Supreme Court back in 2007 representing the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority. He was also hired by the County in 2015 to help draft the original law here in Cortland.

He will also be asked to make recommendations on the County Recycling Center, as the County makes the transition of operating its own facility in 2020.

Highway Committee

The Highway committee officially began the process of replacing the Lorings Crossing Bridge in Cortlandville.

They began awarding engineering services to start the design stage of the project and hope to bring it to a bid by late spring or early summer and begin work in 2020. That project will be helped along by a more than $4 million Bridge NY grant from the state awarded to the County in November 2018.

Buildings and Grounds

Although there were no issues immediately pressing, the Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting did contain lengthy discussion on both short and long-term capital renovations to the County Courthouse.

Considerations were made on both internal and external renovations, including a restoration of the Courthouse’s front steps which have not been used in a handful of years. That project alone is estimated to cost upwards of $800,000.

Other long-term renovations include repainting the dome, touching up the surface of the building and other upgrades to the nearly 100 year old Courthouse. Things are still very much in the planning stage.


The Cortland County Legislature held three committee meetings this morning (January 8), namely the Solid Waste, Highway, and Building & Grounds Committees.

The Solid Waste meeting included continued discussion of the County’s controversial Flow Control Law.

The Committee  considered bringing in outside counsel to take a comprehensive look at the law, with an ultimate goal of revising the entire County Recycling Program.

The new measures come as the County prepares to take over its own recycling facility from Casella Waste Management in 2020–a resolution the full Legislature passed just before the New Year (click here for more on that resolution).

The Committee also considered creating a position of “Recycling Coordinator” to help with this transition.

The Highway Committee meeting began the process of replacing the Lorings Crossing Bridge in Cortlandville.

Cortland County received over $4 million in state funding to replace the bridge through the Bridge NY program (see our story from November here).

This morning, the Highway Committee officially accepted this grant and began awarding the engineering services for the project before it is taken to a bid.

Stay tuned for even more details from this morning’s meetings.

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