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Geneva City Council will consider plan to add more trash hauling licenses

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A group of Geneva City Councilors met this week to consider a plan to give Geneva residents and businesses more options when it comes to who picks up their trash.

Council failed to agree on a new plan in April

The Finger Lakes Times reports Councilors Tom Burrall, Ken Camera, Anthony Noone, Jan Regan, and John Salone agreed at a work session Monday on a plan to allow the city to offer six new residential and six new commercial hauler licenses. Mayor Steve Valentino and Councilors Bill Pealer Jr., Laura Salamendra, and Frank Gaglianese III-At Large did not attend the workshop.

A previous proposal to create four residential and four commercial hauler licenses was defeated in April by a 5-2 vote. The Monday workshop came after discussions with the Nardozzi Companies and Lyons Road. Nardozzi was issued a cease-and-desist order in the spring for operating without a city license. Nardozzi picked up some clients in the city after complaints that a licensed hauler, Casella Waster Systems, was not making some of its pickups according to its schedule.

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Nardozzi CEO: Add more licenses

CEO James Nardozzi says the small number of licenses granted by the city has ended free-market competition in Geneva, saying the city should add licenses. There has been talk of awarding an unlimited number of licenses. Councilor Ken Camera is opposed to that idea, saying it would not be fair to existing haulers who are doing a good job.

The full council is expected to take up the issue at its August 3 meeting.

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