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FREWSBOURG – Due to premature illness, the town of Carroll has appointed a new lawyer in the case against Jones-Carroll Inc. and Sealand Waste.
Carroll City Council on Wednesday approved the assignment of Jeffrey C. Stravino, a partner at the Hodgson Russ law firm in Buffalo, to the case due to the health of Carroll’s attorney Paul Webb.
Russ Payne, Carroll’s supervisor, said Stravino will only handle the case against Jones-Carroll and Sealand Waste and is not the city’s new attorney.
“He is only handling the litigation on the landfill case because the law firm Erickson, Webb, Scolton & Hajdu felt it was important to bring in someone who could handle the extensive tasks associated with it. to the case “, said Payne.
Payne said the most recent development in the case was that a hearing was scheduled for April 2022 at the State Supreme Court’s Fourth Division Court of Appeal in Rochester. He said a court hearing was postponed recently as the city searched for a new lawyer.
“They gave us the time to research and find suitable advice to take (Webb) ‘s place”, he said.
The Town of Carroll v Jones-Carroll Inc. and Sealand Waste has been an ongoing feud for 16 years. Sealand Waste wishes to expand the former Jones-Carroll landfill to a construction and demolition landfill. Sealand Waste opposes the municipal law passed in 2007, which bans any new landfill in the city. The landfill is currently closed.
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¯ The town has scheduled a public hearing Wednesday, September 22, on the municipal law waiving the fiscal cap of the 2022 budget. Payne said it is an annual law that the city will approve in case the 2022 budget exceeds the state tax ceiling.
“It’s the norm and it’s something we’ve done every year” he said. “We do it in case we have to (exceed the tax cap). If you don’t (don’t pass the waiver) and go over, then you’re in trouble with the state. “
Payne said the board will also hold a working session later this month to start work on the preliminary 2022 budget. He said the board should have the preliminary budget prepared by the first week of the year. October and that he must then adopt a spending plan by the end of November.
Last year, council passed a 2021 budget with no increase in the tax rate, which is $ 5.94 per $ 1,000 of property assessment.
¯ The board of directors also accepted the resignation of Jim Mitchener as the city’s highway superintendent. Payne said Mitchener cited personal reasons for resigning. Payne has said Michael Walker will be the new acting superintendent of highways.
Payne said the names of Mitchener and Walker will appear on the November general election ballot for the post of superintendent of highways.
“It doesn’t change. Mr. Mitchener is still on the ballot even though he has resigned ”, said Payne. “From what we are looking at, Mr. Walker is the only viable candidate. “