Some Fulton County waste tipping fees set to go up

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County landfill tipping fees are being raised in some categories for 2019, but won’t impact what the county’s municipal governments pay for waste disposal.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday at the County Office Building set the county Department of Solid Waste’s tipping fee schedule for 2019. Fees represent costs paid by commercial, residential and municipal users of the landfill on Mud Road in the town of Johnstown.

“All these charges don’t affect in-county municipalities,” county Administrative Officer Jon Stead told the board.

Tipping fees are proposed to increase by $3 per ton in these categories: construction/demolition — $55 per ton to $58 per ton; commercial — $55 per ton to $58 per ton; industrial waste — $55 per ton to $58 per ton: and out-of-county contracted waste — $60 per ton to $63 per ton.

The fee for out-of-county contaminated soil is expected to rise by $2 per ton, from $25 per ton to $27 per ton.

Other major fee categories not scheduled for increases in tipping fees next year are as follows: contaminated soil — $25 per ton; county transfer haul — $53; municipal/county demolition — $25; municipal direct haul — $33; sludge — $44; uncovered load — $150; cleanup program — $50; transfer station recycling — $10; curbside recycling — $20; tires — bulk, 20 or more — $250; and county haul only (no disposal) — $20. The fee for out-of-county contaminated soil is expected to rise by $2 per ton, from $25 per ton to $27 per ton.

In other business Tuesday:

∫ The board passed two resolutions related to acceptance of North Country Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program funds for the county Public Health Department — $891; and the county Office for Aging — $750. For the health department, the DSRIP funding is administered by the Adirondack Health Institute. For the OFA, the funding represents additional revenue to support the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department’s Project Lifesaver program.

∫ Supervisors authorized a contract with Royal Home Care of Johnstown for home health care services through the county Department of Social Services. The contract is for housekeeping, errands, personal care, and home health aide services, effective Dec. 1 and running through the end of 2019.

∫ Another contract for DSS was granted to independent contractors MercyFirst for foster care/residential placement — $1,104; and Graham School, a residential treatment facility, for foster care/residential placement — $1,111.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Kerry Minor

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