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Chrin landfill pays Williams Twp. more than $175,000

Published On: Feb 26 2014 03:47:46 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 26 2014 04:50:42 PM CST

Chrin pays Williams Township Host Fee Agreement

WILLIAMS TWP., Pa. -

Operators of the Chrin landfill in Northampton County have paid $175,605 in back host fees to Williams Township.

Wednesday's payment is for August through December 2013, as well as last month.

Chrin has a 2009 agreement with the township to pay the monthly host fees.

But the landfill stopped paying the fees in August, when it filed a lawsuit against the township for breaking that agreement.

The township filed an injunction to get Chrin to continue paying the fees. On Friday, a Commonwealth Court judge ordered Chrin to pay them.

The matter still isn't resolved.  A jury trial on Chrin's host fee lawsuit is scheduled to begin May 19.

Because Chrin stopped paying the host fees last year, Williams Township had to raise 2014 taxes by 60 percent, said township manager Jennifer Smethers.

That increase was based on the township anticipating it would not be getting $300,000 in 2014 from Chrin.

Smethers said it's not yet known what township supervisors will do now that the back host fees have been paid.

Before the legal battle began, Chrin paid the township $3 for every ton of trash it receives. Smethers explained that included a payment of $1 per ton, which is required by the state, and an additional $2 per ton required by the agreement with the township.

She explained Chrin never stopped paying the $1-per-ton monthly host fees required by the state, only the additional $2-per-ton fee required by the township.