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Town transfer station fees and rules finalized

— The Skaneateles Town Board finished its work updating user fees at the town transfer station at its Dec. 22 meeting by agreeing to new fees and regulations for commercial trash haulers and home contractors.

The actions were a continuation from the Dec. 1 meeting at which residential, business and brush and wood scrap fees were updated, but commercial fees were tabled for further consideration.

“We felt a fee adjustment based upon the characterization of the user was needed to start moving us in the direction of more equitably reflecting the true cost of solid waste disposal,” Town Supervisor Terri Roney previously said.

New fees for commercial trash haulers were agreed to by the board after the discussion of “many different theories” as to how to craft the new policy without putting “undue hardship” on haulers.

The board unanimously agreed to a new annual fee policy in which haulers will pay $5 per residence they service, $25 per business and $2.50 per seasonal customer. The fees will be assessed according to each hauler’s customer list. If a hauler does not provide a customer list to the town, the hauler will not receive a transfer station permit.

Commercial haulers currently pay $425 per year to dump trash at the transfer station.

In an effort to alleviate possible hardships on commercial haulers imposed by the new fee schedule, the board also agreed to allow installment payments by haulers, at least for 2012. The first payment, due in February, would be $425, or the same as the current yearly rate. Further payments would then be due in May, August and November.

The town board also decided after much discussion not to institute a new transfer station fee for home contractors, although the amount of debris they can bring into the transfer station will be limited to one covered pickup truck load per day.

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