Land bank wants to assist Stockton with cleanup

STOCKTON – During the recent Stockton Town Board meeting, board members discussed an agreement with Chautauqua County.

The board learned that the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation wants to help with clean-up efforts within the town.

“There are a lot of demolition to properties in bad condition,” board member Allen Chase said. “They would take the debris from these demolitions.”

The county would reimburse the town for disposal of demolition projects only.

The motion to complete the agreement with the county was approved by the board.

Board member John Beichner said the annual credit would be for tipping fees of 80 tons, equal to one big house.

Chase added this would only be for municipal buildings and town officials would pay for anything over 80 tons.

Also, Casella Waste Systems and Storers Container Service competed to work with the town of Stockton to perform garbage clean up.

Board member Bryan Meder pointed out Storers has always been good to work with.

“We are going to stay with Storers, because they have always done townwide cleanup,” he said. “They bend over backward for us so we got to give them the gravy.”

Meder added he didn’t appreciate the attitude he received from Casella.

Chase said his only concern is Casella claimed his company did not receive a fair opportunity to bid for the job.

He added there should be a written termination of service sent to Casella, who worked with Stockton in January.