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Village to Town: Your Price Is ‘Garbage’

Mineola Opts to Leave TONH For Solid Waste Disposal

The Village of Mineola will be leaving the Town of North Hempstead when it comes to solid waste disposal because the village has received a less expensive price from a private company.

The Village of Mineola Board of Trustees voted unanimously to enter into contract with Omni Recycling of Babylon for the next 10 years for solid waste disposal since the village’s 15-year contract with the Town of North Hempstead is ending on April 30.

In this last year of the contract between the Village of Mineola and the Town of North Hempstead, the village is paying the town $88 per ton to dump its solid waste at the Town of North Hempstead Solid Waste Management Authority Recycling Center.

With the village seeking a new contract, Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins and the board of trustees sought proposals from other solid waste disposal companies as well as the Town of North Hempstead.

The town proposal calls for the village to pay $72.75 per ton for solid waste disposal as well as $68 per ton for yard waste and $55 per ton for street sweepings.

Omni quoted the village a price of $64.75 per ton for solid waste disposal as well as $60 per ton for yard waste and $50 per ton for street sweepings.

In addition, the town’s proposal calls for a Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustment of between a 1 percent and 6 percent increase in the second and subsequent years of the contract whereas Omni’s proposal includes a cap of 2 percent each year.

Mayor Martins believes the village will realize significant savings from the Omni contract, even with Mineola garbage trucks having to dump solid waste in Babylon instead of Port Washington, which is closer.

According to a memorandum from village attorney John Spellman to Mayor Martins and the board of trustees, the village is expected to see a savings of  $806,000 during the 10-year length of the contract with Omni. The village is expected to see $101,000 savings from tipping fees in the first year of the contract.

“This makes a lot of sense,” said Mayor Martins about the Omni contract, which, he added, provides the best possible outcome for the taxpayers of the village.

The Town of North Hempstead Board had adopted a “flow control” ordinance at the end of 2008, requiring all local villages, schools, and businesses to be part of the same town-operated system. However, villages were granted the right to opt out of the town’s system, which the Village of Mineola did last week by agreeing to a contract with Omni. The new contract will begin May 1.