Transfer station stirs debate

By Erika Mahoney

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 12:44 AM EDT

Town of Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A new Taylor Garbage transfer station could be coming to the town of Owego.

While some support the proposal, others are upset over the potential for a new neighbor.

According to the town of Owego Supervisor Donald Castellucci, Jr., Taylor Garbage presented their site plans to the planning board on Tuesday.

The board tabled those plans until next month, pending more information on environmental impacts.

Castellucci said Taylor Garbage aims to build the transfer station across from their recycling center at 5730 State Route 434 in Apalachin.

Castellucci said he supports the proposal, based on the company's history.

"Any time a business of this nature is expanding, I think it's a good idea because they've been good taxpayers for a long time in Tioga County," Castellucci said. "They built this facility [recycling center] here just recently and have been shown to be good neighbors. What they said they were going to do they did. In the long term. It's a quiet facility. It seems to be blending in well so far."

But one neighbor disagrees, and hopes the proposal is taken off the table altogether.

"Everything that they promised at first, in maintaining the quality of our neighborhood, none of the promises have been kept," said Anne Roma. "So we can't believe that anything they tell us now is going to be kept. They just keep going and asking to the board over and over, and the board keeps giving them continuous approval."

Action News reached out to Taylor Garbage for comment Thursday, but was unsuccessful.

Castellucci said the planning board asked the company to fill out a a more in-depth environmental impact form for the next meeting.

Once the additional forms are complete, he believes it will address remaining questions and the board will make a decision.

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