CAPE VINCENT Those who use the town transfer station soon might have to start making detours to the clerks office to buy punch cards, instead of paying cash on-site.
At an auditors recommendation, the Town Board is considering a no-cash policy at the transfer station on Wilson Road. This would mean customers will have to pay first at the town clerks office on Route 12E, some 2.7 miles away, or write a check.
Opposing the move is station operator Nina E. Buskell, who views it as an unnecessary inconvenience to her customers.
During discussions at a recent town board work session, she told Cape Vincent council members that many of her customers are seasonal residents who use the transfer station on weekends, when the town clerks office is closed.
People come in with cash. They have a dollar, and theyve got a dollars worth of garbage. They dont like the punch cards, she said. Im not saying you cant make them buy it, but Im saying I know my customers.
And then youve got the summer people and the cottage people who come up, and theyre only here for the weekend, she said. Theyre not going to buy a punch card to go to the dump to get rid of their one bag of trash.
But town officials maintain that this change is necessary to prevent problems such as the embezzlement of town funds by former town clerk Jeri A. Mason and that its just a matter of changing peoples habits.
Ms. Buskell said the town had made attempts to switch to a punch card system before with little success.
And whos going to decide how much the load costs? she asked the town board. I can tell you basically how much weight is sitting in that trailer because Ive been doing it for 10 years.