Chautauqua County should have a central recycling facility that is county-funded, the Common Council said Wednesday.
A resolution to that effect has been introduced by the Legislature's minority Democrats for consideration at next Wednesday night's meeting of the County Legislature.
Mayor Gregory Krauza and Second Ward Councilman Frank Gawronski said they would attend the Legislature meeting to make represent the city's position.
At Wednesday's Council meeting, Councilman at large Angelo Bennice pointed out that city residents already are paying an extra $60 a year per dwelling unit to pay the county-imposed tipping fee.
The Council approved the $60-per-unit assessment in December to avoid including the tipping fee on the tax rate at an estimated cost of $10 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
Special equipment is needed for the processing of recyclables, Bennice added, and the county has the expertise and resources for a recycling program.
Fourth Ward Councilman John Woloszyn said that County Executive Andrew Goodell is not living up to his responsibilities in asking the 44 municipalities in the county to handle their own recycling.
Goodell last week rejected pushing back the May 1 deadline for mandatory recycling.
His decision followed a series of meetings on recycling with local and county officials. "Extensions," Goodell noted, "would be approved only if a municipality is unable to meet the deadline because it is unable to obtain necessary equipment or faces a similar problem beyond its control."
In other business, the Council also unanimously approved a resolution to have Wall St. Communications Inc. of New York City monitor telephone records to see whether the city has paid too much for service.
The corporation will keep half of any overcharges that are recovered. The corporation will also provide a log of phone usage, which Mayor Krauza said he would like to review.