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Mayor Kenneth D. Swan and county Planning, Development and Tourism Commissioner Samuel M. Ferraro met to try to iron out an apparent misunderstanding over the city's participation in a countywide household hazardous waste collection day.

The results are to be put in writing and presented to the Common Council, probably Wednesday, Swan said Monday.

The Council passed a resolution Aug. 18 to spend $6,100 to take part in the event, but Swan vetoed the resolution, even though he's in favor of the effort, tentatively set for late October. The mayor said the county had informed him the city would be required to pay its own personnel to supervise the collection, and he didn't want to spend the extra money.

Ferraro said the confusion arose because the cities of Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda requested drop-off sites in their cities, so residents wouldn't have to drive to a proposed central site in Sanborn. Ferraro said he told them that was fine, as long as the cities paid for the staffing for their sites.

Although Lockport made no such request, Ferraro said he wrote Swan a letter to offer him the same option. It was that letter which caused Swan to file his veto.

Ferraro said, "The mayor has asked us to put together an explanation of the city's options. The mayor has indicated there's a strong desire to have a spot in the city."

Ferraro said the city still would have to pay the county $6,100 if it decides to participate in the countywide collection program, even if it has its own collection point.

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