The Town Board approved a settlement of Waste Management of New York's multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the town by a 3-2 vote Monday night.
The vote of the all-Republican board came after a nearly four-hour meeting before a crowd of about 100 in Albion High School.
Supervisor Edward R. Scharping said the deal calls for the town to give "a fair, good-faith review of their original application, when it's completed as far as (Department of Environmental Conservation) requirements go."
That is a concession by the Town Board, which was sued in early 1996 after it passed a law banning landfills in the town. That law was in response to Waste Management's request to reopen and expand the bankrupt Orleans Sanitary Landfill.
Scharping said the Town Board will probably receive the Waste Management application in two or three months, and its review process may take six months to a year.