All aboard! Not at all, but the trains will one day deliver garbage to the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls.
Last night, after more than three hours of public comment, the Seneca Falls Town Planning Board approved the preliminary site plan for a rail spur and rail yard at the landfill. The vote was 3-2. Voting for the rail spur were Frank DeJohn, Daniel Babbitt and John Quattrociocchi. Voting against the project were Charles Kelsey, and Mary Kelleher.
More than 200 people packed the planning board meeting, most were opposed to the project.
Seneca Meadows says they do not plan to increase the annual amount of garbage accepted at the landfill. They say the rail spur will decrease the number of trucks that now deliver garbage to the landfill, that rail is the safest mode of transporting waste, the rail cars will be fully enclosed, and that no taxpayer money will be used to build the rail spur.
Speaker after speaker last night took turns debating those facts.
The railroad spur is expected to create 20-new jobs.
The plan calls for the spurs to be added off the main Finger Lakes Railway tracks near the North Road crossing in Waterloo, and another on the east side of Route 414 in Seneca Falls. Trash and other materials brought by rail would then be loaded on to special vehicles for transport to the face of the landfill.
The town Planning Board is Charles Kelsey, Mary Kelleher, Frank DeJohn, Daniel Babbitt and John Quattrociocchi. Daniel Emmo and Francis Brady are alternates.
The Town Board cleared the way for the spur project August 6th by approving a zone change for landfill-owned property where it’s proposed. The change allows spurs and a railyard as permitted uses.
Seneca Meadows is partnering with Finger Lakes Railway of Waterloo on the project.