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Glen Cove mayor wants to close waste transfer station by 2018

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello is pictured on

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello is pictured on Nov. 14, 2013. Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said he hopes to close the city’s waste transfer station by the end of 2018, as part of a plan to focus on “clean” uses of land abutting long-industrial Glen Cove Creek.

“I want Glen Cove to be clean and green,” Spinello said after Tuesday night’s City Council work session, during which he told council members of his transfer-station proposal. The council must approve any closure plan.

Department of Public Works trucks haul garbage from homes and businesses to the 15,000-square-foot transfer station on the south side of the creek. Trucks from West Babylon-based Winter Bros. Waste Systems then take the waste to an upstate landfill. Winter Bros. also uses the transfer station for other North Shore municipalities’ waste.

The smell from all that waste sometimes wafts across Morris Avenue into John Maccarone Memorial Stadium, a 19-acre park with sports fields and a basketball court, Spinello said.

The transfer-station proposal is the latest effort by city officials to transform the shores of Glen Cove Creek and Hempstead Harbor, which for decades had been home to a metal-processing plant, a salvage yard, oil storage tanks and other industry.

Most of that industry is gone. On the north side of the creek, and just off the harbor, RXR Glen Isle Partners is beginning work on Garvies Point, which when complete is set to include 1,110 condos and apartments, parks, stores, marinas and an esplanade.

On the south side of the creek, the city is pursuing eminent domain against an asphalt plant that RXR wants to buy in part because the company views it as unsightly for Garvies Point visitors and residents. Nearby, the city wants a now-closed incinerator and composting facility to be demolished, the land turned into a park. A hotel and commercial development are other possibilities for the area, Spinello said.

“The whole idea is to make our waterfront a clean use, and that is not a clean use,” Spinello said of the transfer station.

Spinello said using a transfer station outside Glen Cove may initially cost more money, but in exchange there would be a more environmentally friendly use of the waterfront and less wear and tear on roads from heavy trucks.

The closure proposal came during a work session discussion on an agreement with Winter Bros. to reduce the company’s monthly fee for maintenance of the transfer station from $28,000 to $18,000.

After the city began comparing the price -- which is based on a formula from a 2012 10-year contract -- with similar fees elsewhere, “we thought we could get a better price,” said public works director James Byrne.

Spinello called Winter Bros., and the company agreed to the mayor’s request for a fee reduction “to establish more good will with the city . . . to make sure they felt they were getting a good value,” said company spokesman Will Flower.

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