Resolution No. 121

Establishing A Solid Waste Planning Commission Pursuant To Ulster County Charter § C-11K To Review County Plans For Solid Waste Management And Recommend Alternative Means Of Solid Waste Disposal

Resolution Information

Adopted as Amended



Referred to:  The Public Works and Capital Projects Committee (Chairwoman Petit and Legislators Fabiano, Greene, Litts, and Nolan), and The Energy and Environment Committee (Chairwoman Greene and Legislators Eckert, Heppner, Wawro, and Woltman)


Chairwoman of the Legislature, Tracey A. Bartels, offers the following:


WHEREAS, the residents and business of Ulster County currently generate approximately 120,000-130,000 tons of solid waste annually; and


WHEREAS, the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency (“UCRRA”) is responsible for, among other things, the management and disposal of the county’s solid waste, and development of the solid waste management plan pursuant to state law; and


WHEREAS, UCRRA currently arranges for disposal of the county’s solid waste at the Seneca Meadows landfill in Waterloo, NY, some 240 miles from the UCRRA transfer facility in the Town of Ulster; and


WHEREAS, UCRRA, is responsible for the development of the county’s Local Solid Waste Management Plan; and has retained Cornerstone, PLLC (“Cornerstone”) as its engineering and technical advisor; and


WHEREAS, the continued availability of space at Seneca Meadows is uncertain, and in any event transport there is relatively expensive and damaging to the environment; and


WHEREAS, a number of alternative solid waste management strategies may provide more efficient and reliable means of disposal, including self reliance, regionalization through cooperation with other counties, and alternative technologies, among others; and


WHEREAS, pursuant to Resolution No. 394 of November 18, 2014 the Ulster County Legislature appointed a Solid Waste Improvement Commission to investigate potential alternative management strategies for the county’s handling, diversion and disposal of solid waste; and


WHEREAS the Solid Waste Improvement Commission has issued a draft report of its findings; and




WHEREAS the county legislature is the policymaking body for the county and has approval authority over the draft Local Solid Waste Management Plan and over any UCRRA bonding more than $500,000; and


WHEREAS, UCRRA and the legislature agree to cooperate and coordinate on gathering data on the options and reviewing available strategies; and


WHEREAS, pursuant to Ulster County Charter Section C-16 the legislature is empowered: To conduct studies and investigations in furtherance of its legislative functions and, in connection therewith, to obtain and employ professional and technical advice, appoint citizens' committees, commissions and boards, subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, and require the production of books, papers and other evidence deemed necessary or material to such studies or investigations; and


WHEREAS, pursuant to Ulster County Charter Section C-16 and the Administrative Code Section A2-11: “Advisory committees, commissions and boards. Members of all citizens’ committees, commissions and boards appointed pursuant to Section C-11K of the Charter shall serve at the pleasure of the County Legislature. They shall serve without compensation other than for actual and necessary expenses within appropriations made therefor, unless otherwise provided by resolution of the County Legislature. The Chairman of the County Legislature shall be a member ex-officio of all such committees, commissions and boards;” now, therefore be it


RESOLVED, that that the Solid Waste Planning Commission shall be established to review the Cornerstone draft Local Solid Waste Management Plan, and provide policy guidance to Cornerstone in drafting said plan; to review the draft recommendations of the Solid Waste Improvement Committee; to investigate other available information relating to options for handling and disposal of the county’s solid waste, including regionalization and intermunicipal compacts; and draft recommendations for legislation; and, be it further


RESOLVED, that the Solid Waste Planning Commission shall be comprised of five members of the Ulster County Legislature, three of whom shall be appointed by the Majority Leader, and two of whom shall be appointed by the Minority Leader; the Chairwoman of the Legislature or her designee; three members of the UCRRA Board; and the County Executive or her designee; for a term commencing at the effective date of this Resolution through December 31, 2019; and, be it further



RESOLVED, that the Executive Director of the UCRRA shall serve as Technical Advisor to the Solid Waste Planning Commission and shall evaluate the suitability of proposals for technologies and alternatives for the county’s handling and disposal of solid waste, and report such evaluations to the Commission from time to time or as requested by the Commission,


and move its adoption.




AYES:                          NOES:    



Passed Committee: Public Works and Capital Projects on __________________.


Passed Committee: Energy and Environment on __________________.





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Updated: April 11, 2019

Votes on this Resolution

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