The Town of Lewiston Modern Citizen's Action Committee will be among those on hand to discuss a new Modern proposal with the town, at a Town Board public hearing Monday at Town Hall.
According to Modern CAC Chairman Vincent DiMarco, Modern seeks to modify its Host Community Agreement with Lewiston as well as adjustments to the town code. The proposal, provided to the Sentinel from the Modern CAC, was submitted to the town last week. It remains under review by the Lewiston Town Board.
Modern Vice President Gary Smith is expected to be in attendance and provide a 5:30 p.m. leadoff presentation at the session. The Lewiston Town Board regular meeting will follow at 6 p.m.
According to DiMarco, the Modern proposal calls for the following:
Modern, in turn, has proposed the following in compensation to the town:
In its report, the Lewiston Modern CAC presented various analyses and concerns, including an earlier projected landfill closing, concerns over sewer construction, and questions over tipping fees for organic waste. These and others will likely be topics at the Monday session.
When contacted, Modern's Smith sounded upbeat on the latest proposal, saying it was an improvement over one presented to the town in 2008. "Obviously it's a source of funding for the town," he said of the latest proposal. "It would call for increases in annual revenue of $600,000."
Smith pointed out Modern has been responsive to community concerns and has already implemented changes at its Lewiston landfill operations. One already in place is a reduction of 100 trucks per day coming into Lewiston as a result of new truck transfer stations in Buffalo. Another in planning is to further reduce the number of tanker trucks coming into the Lewiston facility through establishment of a sewer line.
Smith said overall he felt the plan could assist the town both currently as it weathers economic stress and in its future planning of quality of life initiatives for area residents."This is not the same proposal" presented in 2008, said Smith. "There have been a lot of compromises."