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Feb 4, 2009 11:54 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Supervisor proposes closing transfer stations

Feb 4, 2009 11:54 AM

With a $2 million deficit in the town’s waste management fund and only enough money to run the department through June, Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot is considering shutting down two of the town’s transfer stations twice a week as a cost-saving measure.

The supervisor is proposing the shutdowns take effect March 1 at the Westhampton and Sag Harbor stations.

Paul DiMaria, environmental facilities manager, said closing the Westhampton and Sag Harbor transfer stations two days a week would help solve some of his staffing difficulties.

“Even if we close, we’re still going to have problems,” Mr. DiMaria said, adding that the stations are not currently staffed adequately. “We’re not manned properly. The job’s not getting done.”

For 2009, town officials have kicked in $750,000 of surplus funds to subsidize the disposal of waste from self-haulers as well as the recycling operations at the facilities, according to Ms. Kabot. The supervisor said taxes may have to be increased in order to fund waste management operations for 2010.

Town Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst said she is concerned about the prospect of having a Waste Management Department collapse midyear, but said she does not want to raise taxes.

“We don’t always make decisions that are politically popular,” Ms. Kabot said.

Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi said he isn’t concerned about whether the decisions made regarding the department are popular or not. “They just have to be rational,” he said.

Ms. Kabot said the $2 million deficit grew between 2003 and 2007 due to general fund dollars being allocated to subsidize department operations. Along with her proposal to close the stations two days a week, the supervisor has also floated the idea of privatizing certain functions within the Waste Management Department.

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How come instead of some local guy losing two days pay, why doesnt the town board take away Mr. Dimaria's brand new Dodge Durango that he takes to and from Islip every day on the towns dime!!! Is he on emergency call 24/7? If he is what would define an emergency at the "dump". I just dont get it. Punish the little guy and perk the higher ups.
By Local dad (51), North Sea on Jan 31, 09 8:40 AM
i would love to work on saturday and sunday to help with the staffing problem.
By pinga (90), hamptonbays on Feb 2, 09 5:25 PM
In the past Sag Harbor was closed on Monday's and I can vividly remember the mountain or trash outside the gate. I also remember the increase in the cost of green bags was done to keep the transfer stations open 7 days a weeks. Maybe the board should not have built the traffic circle at the North Sea transfer station.There has got to be a more effective way to handle the trash. Green bags are not the answer
By harbor man (47), sag harbor on Feb 4, 09 9:32 PM