Ellery Officials Looking To Appeal Landfill Ruling

The Ellery Town Board is looking to challenge a recent state Supreme Court ruling that favored the expansion of the Chautauqua County Landfill.

On Tuesday, Arden Johnson, Ellery town supervisor, told The Post-Journal, that town officials were not happy with the Hon. Frank A. Sedita’s decision, and that the expansion of the landfill, which currently occupies approximately 83 acres of land in Ellery, was still not a good idea.

“The (town) board is highly disappointed with Judge Sedita’s decision,” Johnson said. “Next week, we will have a conference call with our attorney and discuss whether or not we will appeal this decision. We will certainly pursue any steps that we can take.”

Last week, the court ruled in favor of the landfill’s so-called “Phase IV” expansion, a 53-acre lateral expansion designed to extend the life of the landfill’s operations for another 20-30 years.

The expansion ran into trouble earlier this year, when Ellery town officials and residents claimed the county and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation acted in an “arbitrary, capricious and unlawful manner.”