The Village of Homer Board of Trustees met Thursday (August 15) and voted “4-1” to extend the trash & recycling contract with Syracuse Haulers for at least one more year.
It also approved another five years after that, which will hinge on an included option each year to leave the contract.
The issue of whether or not to provide these services in-house has long been discussed, with conflicting opinions on how much money would be saved vs. how much would need to be spent.
Before Thursday’s vote, the contract with Syracuse Haulers was set to expire in February.
If the village decides to run things in-house after the next year, it will need to notify the company by December 2020.
The one “no” vote on Thursday came from Trustee Ed Finkbeiner, who said at the meeting that an extension is a waste of taxpayer money that could instead be saved immediately by insourcing these services.
Mayor Hal McCabe said the village still plans to do so eventually, adding the new extension gives it additional time to ensure it does so with the best results possible.