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LOCAL LAW REGULATES GARBAGE

Any garbage created in Allegany County will have to go through the county's solid waste disposal system, under a local law adopted Monday.

County lawmakers approved the law, 13-2. They said its intent is to maintain a secure revenue stream and to prevent private companies from taking the business from the county, which in turn could force the county landfill to close.

Legislator Brent Reynolds, R-Alfred Station, said he opposed the law because it imposes "too much government control."

He was joined by Legislator Robert Heineman, R-Alfred, who said residents should have a choice about where to take their garbage.

The law also closes access to the county system to all but county residents, businesses and institutions, except those granted specific contracts.

The Legislature then adopted the 2005 solid waste fee schedule. Renewed annual residential permits will cost $50, new permits $60.

Commercial dumpers will pay a tipping fee of $30 per ton, plus a minimum scale fee of $5.

In other business Monday, the Legislature gave 11 county officials 7 percent pay increases. The officials and their new salaries are:

Real Property Tax Service Agency Director Steven Presutti, $43,910.

County Clerk Rob Christman, $49,440.

Personnel Officer Bernard Morris, $51,400.

Sheriff Randal Belmont, $60,460.

Public Health Director Gary Ogden, $65,775.

Social Services Commissioner Patricia Schmelzer, $55,620.

Public Works Superintendent David Roeske, $59,740.

Employment and Training Director Jerry Garmong, $52,015.

Treasurer Terri Ross, $54,075.

Public Defender Beth Farwell, $72,100.

County Attorney Daniel Guiney, $91,670.

The Legislature heard from Kelly Beil of the public benefit corporation Allegany County Opportunities and Rural Development about an increase in the number of homeless people and families in the county.

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