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MASSENA — Mayor James F. Hidy and Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad said they’re happy with the terms of the tentative agreement reached by St. Lawrence County legislators to help keep the county Solid Waste Department in business for the next several years.

While the agreement lowers tipping fees, it increases recycling fees. Still, the village expects eventually to save $121,000 a year.

“The tipping fees are going from $122 to $90 per ton, but the recycling fees are going from $20 to $40,” Mr. Fayad said, adding the increased recycling fees will eat a little bit into those savings.

He said once both new figures are accounted for, he expects the village to save $105,000 per year for the next three to five years.

“For a first step, I’m very happy,” Mr. Fayad said, adding the agreement means the village will no longer consider leaving the county waste disposal system.

“If we can proceed forward working toward a common goal, we’ll stick it out,” Mr. Fayad said. “But if their rates get out of control, we’ll do whatever we have to do to control our costs.”

The village might have saved $100,000 if it stopped using the county for waste disposal, Mr. Fayad has said.

Mr. Hidy said he’s glad to see the Board of Legislators agree to a plan that he claims is the best for everyone.

“Due to the fact it benefits the village to the tune of approximately $121,000 per year, I would say it’s a good thing,” he said, not accounting for the increased recycling costs. “It’s a three- to five-year agreement, and it’s certainly in the best interests of the village.”

Tipping fees for outside haulers will drop from $131 per ton to $125 per ton, while the fees for private individuals will drop from $160 to $155 per ton.

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