Transfer Station opens in Benton

John Christensen

In an agreement with Cardinal Disposal of Dundee, the Town of Benton now has a trash transfer station at the town barns in Benton Center.

Open on Saturdays from 12:30  to 4 p.m., the station will accept bagged trash for $4.50 per bag, and all recyclables at no charge. There will also be no axle fee and no residency requirement.

Since the closure of the transfer station in Penn Yan by Casella Inc., residents have had to pay as much as $360 per year ($90 quarterly) for curbside trash service.

The Benton transfer station will provide an economical sustainable alternative, according to Supervisor Bob Clark. The agreement is on a three-month trial basis, but if it is successful, it will be continued.

Other business at the March 9 Town Board meeting included:

• The 1998 Volvo 10 wheel plow/dump truck has been towed to Rochester again. The new ECM unit installed may have gone bad. The truck shut down 10 times on a test drive between the Outlet Road to the town barns, according to Highway Superintendent Jeffry Mann.This truck has had numerous problems with past repair bills of up to $10,000.

• Another truck needs repairs after its snowplow struck rough pavement on Culhane road and smashed the side mirror, passenger door and window.

• Quotes for masonry repairs to the town barns are being sought.

• Electical updates to the town barns have been approved, with more receptacles and ceiling fans being noted priorities.