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‘AGGRESSIVE’ DEFENSE APPROVED: SF moves toward showdown in court over landfill law as residents voice spectrum of concerns

‘AGGRESSIVE’ DEFENSE APPROVED: SF moves toward showdown in court over landfill law as residents voice spectrum of concerns
Years have passed, and the makeup of the Seneca Falls Town Board has changed – but the debate hasn’t eased. Stakeholders throughout the region have been weighing in on a proposed host agreement, which was initially revealed to the public by way of a memorandum of understanding. That agreement, among other things – would create a written closure date of... more

Memorandum of Understanding: Landfill debate past and present in Seneca Falls

In March 2017 FingerLakes1.com published a timeline of events, which highlighted the contentious debate between supporters and opponents of the Seneca Meadows Landfill, located on State Route 414 in the Town of Seneca Falls. Local Law #3 of 2016 was passed as one board ended their term; while a new law, Local Law #2 of 2017 was passed, then rescinded.... more

Lazzaro says board needs to ’embrace’ new host agreement, but does he have the votes?

Time for change? Documents showcase possible deal between Seneca Falls, Seneca Meadows
Is it time for a new deal in Seneca Falls? Documents outlining a new host agreement between the Town of Seneca Falls and Seneca Meadows Landfill show major changes from the 2007 agreement currently in place. It assumes the passing of a new local law, which would keep Seneca Meadows operating through the end of 2037. It would all be... more

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Neighbor of Seneca Meadows wants to jump-start stalled lawsuit on 2025 landfill closure

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Neighbor of Seneca Meadows wants to jump-start stalled lawsuit on 2025 landfill closure
A frustrated neighbor of the Seneca Meadows Inc. landfill has asked a judge for permission to intervene in a long-delayed civil case challenging a local law that requires the state’s largest trash dump to close by 2025. Dixie D. Lemmon argues that attorneys representing Seneca Meadows, the plaintiffs in the case, and attorneys for the Town of Seneca Falls and... more

MANTIUS: Landfill makes offer SF ‘cannot refuse’ in new draft of host agreement

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The state’s largest landfill is floating a proposal to push back its mandatory closure date from 2025 to 2037 in exchange for sweetened annual “host” payments to the Town of Seneca Falls. A proposed resolution outlining the plan may be presented to the town board for a vote Tuesday night Oct. 2. But the measure may be pulled from the... more

TIME FOR CHANGE: Deputy Supervisor Ferrara calls for efficiency, more community input

“We need to be more efficient and better for our taxpayers.” Those were the words spoken by Deputy Supervisor Lou Ferrara at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting in Seneca Falls. On the heels of a significant tax hike, the councilor said it’s time to begin looking at the value provided to the community — as well as the effectiveness. “We need... more

Hearing on Ludovico Trail will be held at SF Municipal Building despite capacity concerns

Taking the advice of two different attorneys, Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro says the venue of the public hearing scheduled for March 6th will not be changed. While he initially considered changing the venue — Lazzaro said that after getting two legal opinions — there wouldn’t be enough time to change the venue of the session. The necessity of... more

Seneca Falls Municipal Building ‘compromised’ as vendor dispute escalates

Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro says it’s a matter of safety and security. That matter involves a computer, once used in the ‘Server Room’ at the new Seneca Falls Municipal Building. The computer was owned by a former-vendor, who brought it in to house a number of Town-related items. In late-December one of the doors to the Municipal Building ceased operating.... more

Kyle Black calls on board to avoid litigation, presents Seneca Falls with two large checks

It was an exciting night for Seneca Falls residents who are hopeful for a relief from a strained relationship between the Town and one of it’s largest economic drivers. Seneca Meadows Landfill Regional Manager Kyle Black addressed the board, presenting two checks making the case for local economic impact. “Seneca Meadows is pleased to provide our 2017 fourth quarter payment... more

Report calls for better policy, stricter controls on employee spending in Seneca Falls

An investigation into spending on Town of Seneca Falls credit cards revealed a lack of policy, according to a Forensic Accounting Consulting Report obtained by FingerLakes1.com. The report was authored by Bonadio & Co., LLP at the request of Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, and the entire Town Board. The report is dated Nov. 3, 2017, and was voted on by... more

Taxes remain trending topic at first Seneca Falls Town Board meeting of 2018

The Seneca Falls Town Board only had to hear one speaker during public comment address tax bills, which arrived in mailboxes over the extended holiday break between Christmas and New Years. Perhaps by virtue of the those bills arriving in mailboxes after the public comment deadline for Tuesday’s session, more speakers didn’t have time to sign up. Paul Kelsey, a... more

Resident takes board to task over tax hike in Seneca Falls

The Seneca Falls Town Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, with the recent passage of the 2018 budget fresh on the minds of residents and board members alike. Public comment was dominated by the issues that have made headlines over the last several months in Seneca Falls. The filing and impact of an Article 78 by Seneca... more

SF residents will have to brace for big tax hike in 2018 as board passes budget

In an ironic twist of fate, Seneca Falls residents learned that their taxes would nearly double, simultaneously, as Seneca Meadows served the Town – renewing an  Article 78 proceeding. Resuming the Article 78 won’t cost Seneca Falls any money in the short-term, but as Town Attorney David Foster pointed out – it becomes difficult to plan on host agreement dollars... more

SF EXCLUSIVE: Outgoing account clerk says ‘failed’ communication, ‘negligence’ reasons for exit

It will be the second Senior Account Clerk for the Seneca Falls Water & Sewer Department who has resigned in 2017. Conflicts of interest, procedural issues, extraneous unexplained assignments, unethical practices, failed communication and direct negligence for departmental procedures and town code are among the reasons why Dusti-Lee Provencher has submitted a letter of resignation to the Seneca Falls Town... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Seneca Falls Town Council candidates talk campaign, local issues (podcast)

On episode #77 of the Inside the FLX podcast Dave DeLelys and Douglas Avery joined Josh Durso in the FingerLakes1.com Studio to discuss their race for Town Council. The duo will both appear on the Democratic line on the ballot in November. While landfilling has been the primary debate taking place in Seneca Falls for several years now, a larger... more

UPDATE: Would fleet management save Seneca Falls money? Presenter says ‘yes’

It all comes down to reducing operating costs and saving the Town money. Fleet management is something that more municipalities — big and small — are turning to, as they look at how to handle aging, and increasingly expensive fleets of vehicles. On Tuesday, the Town Board received a presentation from Enterprise Fleet Management, an affiliate of car rental company... more

Avery, DeLelys receive nod from Dems to run for Seneca Falls Town Council

Amid a contentious debate around the future of Seneca Falls — two more candidates have officially gained party support. Doug Avery, a retired teacher from Mynderse Academy, and incumbent Town Councilor Dave DeLelys both received the nod from Democrats to seek the available seats in November’s election. Republicans Steve Turkett and Thomas Ruzicka have both received support from Republicans in... more

SHAKEUP: Seneca Falls Town Attorney resigns, David Lee Foster hired as replacement

On Wednesday, the Seneca Falls Town Board held a special meeting to address a resignation. While the subject was not clear until the meeting began, Seneca Falls Town Attorney Patrick Morrell was not present. Immediately after the session began Councilman Lou Ferrara made a motion to enter executive session, which would allow the board to discuss the personnel matter. The... more
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