Piled high & deep

CASSADAGA – Street Supervisor Thomas Fetter had a lot to say at the recent meeting of the Cassadaga Village Board, and much of it had to do with the village’s brush pile.

“The brush pile is out of control,” he said.

Fetter complained that the signs at the Alden Road site are clear. One section indicates grass and leaves only. Other signs specify that no chunk wood, building materials or garbage is allowed.

“People do not obey the signs,” Fetter said. “Someone dumped a bunch of butt logs. … We’ve got to put a stop to this.”

His suggestion was to set up a policy and a tag for residents to put in their car. No one without the tag should be allowed.

The board discussed whether contractors should be allowed to dump on the site.

Mayor LeeAnn Lazarony said she did not see much difference between someone paying to have the green waste hauled to site and someone who got someone to volunteer to haul the waste.

“If they’re a village resident, they should not have to pay,”she said.

Trustee Michael Lehnen said it is different if a business is doing it.

“If you are paying, the business should be taking care of it. The village should not be paying so the business can profit,” he said.

Trustee Jeffrey Frick said, “It (the compost area) is such a convenience.”

The board also discussed closing off the area designated for grass and leaves.

Fetter said, “The county used to have a ‘dozer to flatten it. It looked very nice. Now there is only a small ‘dozer” and it’s (the area) getting out of hand.”

A person looking at the brush pile area can easily find large logs, plastic, construction material, and metal – all items clearly prohibited by the signs.

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