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Wayne Post
  • A candid conversation with Joe Alloco about the Arcadia landfill

  • Since the Arcadia Town Board announced they were exploring a proposal to develop a solid waste facility at the site of the old landfill, local residents have been up in arms and down on the “dump.” An informational meeting last Tuesday night, left residents without many answers. Local developer Joe Alloco, owne...
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  • Since the Arcadia Town Board announced they were exploring a proposal to develop a solid waste facility at the site of the old landfill, local residents have been up in arms and down on the “dump.” An informational meeting last Tuesday night, left residents without many answers. Local developer Joe Alloco, owner of Arcadia Hills, LLC, who is proposing the landfill, sat down with the Wayne Post to discuss the project. These are the answers he would have given residents at the meeting:
    Q: What kind of experience do you have in the landfill business?
    A: I worked for the private owner of Seneca Meadows for 11 years (1992 to 2003), before it was sold to a corporation.
    Q: What ties do you have to Arcadia?
    A: My father bought Martin’s Mobile Home Park and I still own it today. It was the first piece of property he ever bought. I cut the grass, I plowed snow, I learned how to work there. My dad grew up in Sodus Center. (Alloco also owns other properties in town.)
    Q: You have a plan to develop a solid waste facility at the old landfill site. Why did you choose Arcadia?
    A: Because I saw the need and I know there’s a facility here. I saw the need before I thought to open the facility.
    Q: There’s concern that once open, the landfill won’t be closed in the promised 17 years. Can you address that?
    A: The useable space on the site will only allow 17 years of use. Any extension of that has to go through the town.
    Q: What happens financially to the town after 17 years?
    A: After 17 years, you’ve collected $25 million. This community should be so strong, we won’t need it anymore. At the end of the day, we should have a stronger infrastructure. In 17 years, we’re going to be in a far better place than we are going to be in if we do nothing.
    Q: Another concern is the impossibility of meeting the mutual benefits promised in the host agreement. What do you say to that concern?
    A: I’m contractually obligated to honor everything that we’ve agreed upon. We put the host agreement together based on considerable research. I wouldn’t propose a contract that I can not honor.
    Q: With Zurich Bog bordering the site and wells in use at homes around the site, how can you guarantee water quality will be protected?
    A: All the research shows absolutely no affect on water. You have to have a problem with your site if you’re polluting wells. You have an unlined site there now that’s not affecting the water. I have no reason to believe a lined site would affect water. The DEC will not allow me to do anything that will harm anyone.
    Page 2 of 3 - Q: Landfills are known for producing odor. How will you combat this problem?
    A: Most of the odor that you smell at a landfill is a loss of gas. So, number one, we’re going to build gas collection from the start. Number two, we’re not going to re-circulate the leachate. This should control the odor. When you drive by, you shouldn’t even know it’s there (unless you happen to be behind a truck pulling in). There are small community landfills that do not have a negative effect on the community.
    Q: Truck traffic is a major concern with residents. How much will traffic change due to the landfill?
    A: You’re traffic through the village is going to increase by 1.7 percent annually. The traffic is not going to be detrimental to anyone.
    Q: What about property values of the homes located around the landfill? Should property owners be concerned?
    A: No. I want them to do the research. Go to Perinton and look at the real estate. Go to Riga and look at it there and see where it is.
    Q: How will you contain blowing garbage so it won’t be seen littering the surrounding area?
    A: I think a well run facility that has enough manpower to make sure the site is kept clean (will minimize this problem). You should have pickers along the borders every day, all day long picking up garbage that has blown out of the cell.
    Q: From where will you get your employees?
    A: Ideally you want to use local employees. Nobody wants to drive far to work. My goal is to have local people.
    Q: How do you feel the meeting went Tuesday night?
    A: It was difficult for me that I couldn’t answer everybody’s questions. Either you could give a few people the opportunity to ask questions and get answers or allow everybody to speak. The town chose to let everybody share their concerns.
    Q: How do you feel about a public vote?
    A: I have no problem with a vote. I don’t want to force anything on anybody.
    Q: So what’s next?
    A: I want to have communications especially with the people who live close by. I want to make sure I understand their concerns and make sure every one of their concerns can be addressed. (These small meetings will be arranged with the help of the town board.)
    Q: Is there anything else you want residents to know?
    A: Don’t judge this proposal based on facilities that are not comparable and on bad information. Please look at this for what it is.
    Page 3 of 3 - Editor’s note: If there is anybody who would like to meet with Joe Alloco to discuss their concerns, please contact a town board member.

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