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Van Buren seeks OCRRA rep

Van Buren officials are looking for a volunteer to serve on the Onondaga County Resource and Recovery Agency (OCRRA) Board.

"We would like to find a professional person with an engineering or environmental background, if possible," said Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes. "Lacking those, a person with a head for running a professional business [would be suitable]."

Officials' biggest concern is Site 31, a county landfill area on Brickyard Road in Van Buren, which is owned by OCRRA. Van Buren's appointee would represent the town to deter use of the landfill.

"[The] town's people do not want to see the landfill ever become operational," Sykes said. "Therefore, [we] need a presence on the OCRRA board to help insure that OCRRA remains a viable agency to negate the need to develop the landfill site for actual use, or for sale of the property to a third party for use as a landfill."

While officials are seeking a permanent appointee, the position has not been vacant.

"Scott Gerharz is serving in an interim capacity until we can find a permanent person," Sykes said. "Mr. Gerharz was told that we might have someone by March 2011 to plug in."

A public service appointment with no compensation, the position requires the candidate attend three meetings per month, and a likelihood of serving on two committees. Term length is as long as person wishes to serve.

"This would be ideal for a retired professional person, ideally with the suggested backgrounds," Sykes said.

The board meets once a month at the OCRRA headquarters on Elwood Davis Road, off of 7th North St. in Liverpool. Committee meetings are also held monthly at the same location. For more information, call Sykes at 635-3009.

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