HUDSON FALLS — A draft to revise laws on hauling waste was submitted to the Village Board last week and is being examined for change.
Specifically, the board is weighing options to better monitor haulers.
Robert Cook, a village trustee, explained that village code has requirements surrounding how trash haulers conduct their business, but no way of officially knowing who is operating as a hauler.
A waste hauler, according to village code, is “any person engaged in the business of collecting, hauling, or conveying solid waste,” as defined in the code.
One suggestion made at Monday’s meeting was to issue stickers for the trucks, similar to the Glens Falls hauling trucks.
Haulers from the Hudson Falls area, including one from Premier Recycling and Waste, said during the meeting that identifying the trucks is important for various reasons, including weeding out the less professional companies who don’t offer workers’ compensation insurance.
“Make sure haulers have the proper insurance. … It’s very pricey and the village should ensure insurance, including compensation insurance,” the hauler from Premier said during the meeting.
Comments were well-received, and additional suggestions are to be directed to Village Attorney Bill Nikas.
“These guys see more than we do. … This sounds like a good idea,” Nikas said.
Cook noted that the board will likely narrow the focus of the hauling laws, which currently would cover anybody hauling almost anything in the village.
A public hearing on the topic will be scheduled at some point.
Monday night was the first time the board had the chance to review the draft.