The project also may be on the short-list for federal stimulus money for the installation of infrastructure. Planning is well underway to get sewers and water to the site, something Zecca said will also benefit the county.
According to Zecca, the sewers would be used to transport leachate from the landfill to the waste water treatment plant in the northeast corner of the city of Oneida. Right now that leachate is trucked in, causing gluts in the plant's operation and creating exposure to liability for the county should an accident of any kind -- motor vehicle or spill -- occur en route.
Hicks emphasized that there would be no burden of infrastructure costs shifted to town residents.
Supervisor Darrin P. Ball (R -- Lincoln) sees it as a positive move all the way around.
"The advantage is not only putting the property back into private hands, but it also gives planning more control over what is sited in the town," Ball said. "Right now, it is owned by the county, and we don't have a say in what they can do there."
"Madison County has built a respectable history on agriculture, and we're going to continue to push that with value-added agriculture," Hicks said. "We've been on the forefront of renewable energy."
Hicks said those two things are natural companions that only complement each other.
Residents will not be required to hook up to services, Zecca said.