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Trash authority, contract tabled for more discussions

The Danbury City Council has decided to wait until next month to take action on the contract with Winters Brothers to see if some concerns can be resolved. Two of the items they want to see if there can be compromise on is the length of the initial contract and if there could be a mutual renewal provision.


When Winters Brothers bought the White Street Transfer Station following the arrest of trash czar James Galante, the company entered into an agreement with Danbury.  The Solid Waste and Recycling Authority was also created at that time.  Mayor Mark Boughton says Winters Brothers does not have to legally enter into any agreements.


Mayor Mark Boughton says there were some complaints about the operators of the White Street Transfer Station during the public hearing last week, but nothing new.  Boughton says for many years the transfer station had no oversight, but would with this contract and the Authority.  If there was no public-private partnership, residents would have to bring their complaints about noise and the like to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 


Among the issues that some of the City Council members had with the contract is that there is no provision for inflation on the $1 per ton paid to the City by Winters Brothers on garbage that comes through the Transfer Station. 


Boughton says the company is providing the fee and also $100,000.

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