Madison County: Landfill gas project moves forward

"I reluctantly have to concede [Waste Management's is] the best proposal," Goldstein said. "It's the best at this time."

Goldstein proposed an amendment that any contract with WM includes concrete footing to preserve opportunities for partnerships with other local entities to benefit from the "ancillary products" of the project, such as waste heat.

After receiving a second and during discussion, Supervisor Elizabeth Moran (D-Cazenovia) offered an amendment rejecting all proposals.

"I'm concerned if we jump now and agree to a contract with Waste Management, we will be cutting ourselves off from other opportunities," Moran said. "I think we should step back a month or two There's been a lot of controversy."

Moran (D-Cazenovia), Timothy Winters (R-DeRuyter), Cary, George Turner (R-Madison), Richard Williams (D-Nelson), Richard Bargabos (R-Smithfield), John M. Becker (R-Sullivan) and James Rafte Sr. (D-Oneida Wards 4, 5 and 6) voted to support Moran's proposed amendment to reject all bids and start over but lacked the weighted vote to pass the resolution.

Cary said he applauded Goldstein's effort, but it did not scratch the surface.

"This is a long-term contract," Cary said. "I don't know why we would tie our hands for 20 years."

"I've been on solid waste for a number of years and vice chairman of public utility services, and I've learned a lot about this process in the last six months to eight years," Rafte said. "There's no hurry.

Rafte said Liz Moran's approach to refuse all the proposals was the way to go after some supervisors were discouraged by threats of lawsuits and others had been omitted from discussions because of perceived conflicts of interest as members of OMEC.

"I don't think we lost anything, but we've learned a lot," Rafte said.

Supervisor Michel DeBottis (R-Oneida Wards 1, 2 and 3), chairman of the solid waste and public utility committees, said PUSC was underrepresented when some members chose for whatever reasons not to attend meetings.

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