Town Board members said Thursday night they are against a plan by CWM Chemical Services of Lewiston to haul hazardous waste through the Town of Niagara.
The members plan a resolution at the Sept. 21 meeting to say they are not in favor of the Niagara Falls City Council's plan to allow CWM to construct a hazardous-waste rail/truck transfer station on Lockport Road in Niagara Falls.
The facility would be built at the former Lehigh Valley rail yard, which borders the Town of Niagara.
The Town Board, if it approves the resolution, also will send a copy of it to the County Legislature.
Supervisor Steven C. Richards said it scares him that hazardous waste would be traveling through his town en route to Lewiston by rail and trucks.
"They can't guarantee an accident, an environmental accident," will not happen, said Councilman Danny W. Sklarski.
Councilman Wallace W. Blake Jr. said, "I can't see why the City of Niagara Falls would be even willing to consider a transfer station where, monetarily, it's not even going to benefit them."
Councilmen Marc M. Carpenter and Leonard G. Westerman were absent from the meeting. Only one person from the public attended.
In another matter, the councilmen said they were upset that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development turned down a request to fund the water line replacement for Isherwood Drive at a total cost of $550,000. That project would serve 92 homes.
"We can't fund it ourselves," Richards said, adding, "We don't know if we can wait until next year."
Instead, the money went to the county Industrial Development Agency so that it can purchase the 151-acre Inducon Industrial Park in Wheatfield, he said. HUD approved a $400,000 grant for the project in August.
"I thought HUD money was supposed to be used for residents and not speculative development," said Blake.
IDA Executive Director John R. Simon said in August that customers have been pounding on his door for the right to buy space in the park or lease a suite in the IDA's planned multitenant building, which will include a new headquarters for the agency.
The county foreclosed on the Wheatfield site because property taxes had not been paid for eight years.
After no one bid on it during an Aug. 24 foreclosure auction, lawyers for the county and the IDA began working on a plan to have the IDA take over the property.