Share this article

print logo

Marilla board votes to challenge DEC bio-solids permit for farmer

The clock is ticking for the Town of Marilla to make a legal move to oppose the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s decision to issue a permit in March 2014 for a Marilla farmer to store bio-solids on his Eastwood Road farm.

The board voted to begin legal challenges regarding the permit process in order to beat the clock which runs out July 7 when the statute of limitations runs out. Also, the Board approved the hiring of Richard E. Stanton, an attorney known for his experience and knowledge of the State Environmental Quality Review, at an hourly rate of $175, not to exceed $12,000 without further Board approval.

Also Tuesday:

• A new health care plan for town employees was approved by the board with Independent Health as the current plan is no longer available after August 1.

The new plan, Direct Silver Plan, is the closest to the current one but different in some areas such as gym membership, rebates for buying fresh produce and better coverage in certain areas but premiums will be higher.

The town pays 95 percent of the cost and employees, 5 percent. Currently there are eight employees eligible for health care insurance.

• The Town received a bill for their share of the new press box at Creek Road Park, according to an intermunicipal agreement for shared sports service for Elma, Marilla and Wales. Marilla’s portion of the $24,950 bill is 23 perecent of the cost or $5,738.50. Additonal costs for concrete pad and electrical hookup will be minimal, if any, as Elma officials are looking for a donor or sponsor to donate time or material toward the cost.

Elma’s Highway Department and Water Department demolished the existing 40-year-old press box at no cost to Marilla or Wales.