Cortland Township Electors voted to move forward with a lawsuit to prevent Waste Management’s landfill expansion as soon as the Electors raise $60,000 to pay the legal fees. All other items on the agenda was tabled until the Annual Meeting of the Cortland Township Electors scheduled for April 16, 2013.The meeting was contentious at times as Town of Cortland officials who were also Electors sought to end all discussion immediately with motions to call to question. Cheryl Aldis, Town of Cortland Clerk, insisted that any motion to call to question meant an immediate vote on the motion on the floor and was automatic if called. The muscle move worked despite being against Robert’s Rule of Order which was supposed to govern the meeting. According to Robert’s Rule of Order a call to question not only must be voted on, it requires a 2/3 majority vote.
The Town of Cortland has an agreement with Waste Management that pays $1 million plus other considerations in return for not objecting or helping anyone who might object to the landfill expansion. The expansion must be approved before Cortland receives any of the money.