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No-Authority Chautauqua County Landfill Commission Is Not Needed

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There was a lot of opposition expressed recently to the creation of a Chautauqua County Landfill Commission.

We agree with many of those criticisms. Added layers of government are generally not needed, particularly in Chautauqua County, where so much of the government tends to do far too little. The Chautauqua County Landfill Committee is, in our opinion, not necessary in its current form.

Pierre Chagnon, R-Bemus Point and legislature chairman, said the commission is modeled after the Chautauqua County Airport Commission to provide advice to the legislature about operations at the airport. Chagnon’s response to a question asked during the county’s July 15 Public Facilities Committee meeting is instructive — and, frankly, concerning.

“In my now nine years experience on the legislature is that as legislators we don’t hear that much about the landfill, except at budget time when we talk about the landfill budget,” Chagnon said.........

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