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Millgrove Fire Dept. getting $10,000 under settlement

The Town of Alden's Millgrove Fire Department will soon receive a $10,000 donation thanks to the end result of nearly six months of negotiation between the town and Lafarge North America.

The building materials company ran into a disagreement with the town last November shortly after the October storm, according to Supervisor Ronald Smith.

The company apparently was accepting debris from neighboring communities and dumping it at an out-of-sight quarry on Genesee Street in the town.

"Lafarge was accepting storm debris after the October storm from other towns," Smith said during Monday evening's board meeting. "They said they thought that [the quarry being used was] not located in the town."

But discussions between Lafarge and the town proved that the dumping was in fact occurring on town property and would need to fall in line with town codes. However, Smith explained that compliance from the building company did not come easily in the beginning.

"We explained that they can't be dumping without a town permit, but because of the state of emergency, we said keep going," Smith said.

However, after drafting a resolution that specified the importance of following the town building code, Smith said the company basically told the town to "mind their own business."

After the company was issued a stop work order more than six months ago, private discussions between Smith and Lafarge General Manager William E. Poole paid off. The company agreed to comply with state, federal and town regulations and to make a sizable donation to the Millgrove Fire Department.

"With the disposal of mulch there is the possibility for spontaneous combustion," Smith said. "[Millgrove] needs to be compensated for their time, equipment and manpower.

"This was settled very easily," Smith added. "We weren't looking to cause them any grief. There were just issues with the site and it needed to be in compliance."

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