Recycling issue boils over between Mayor Smith, Councilor Olney

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WATERTOWN — Mayor Jeffrey M. Smith is accusing Councilman Cliff G. Olney III of lying to residents about his views on single-stream recycling.

On Monday night, Councilman Olney voted against a plan for the city to work with Fort Drum on implementing a single-stream program.

Mayor Smith has been a longtime proponent of single-stream recycling in the city, one of the only communities in the state not to offer the method.

The City Council on Monday informally approved continued talks with Fort Drum on the plan.

In a press release, Mayor Smith accused the councilman of not telling the truth about the issue.

“It is unfortunate that Councilman Cliff Olney continues to mislead and lie to residents about the issues facing the city — most recently, single-stream recycling,” the mayor said.

He cited a Facebook post in which the councilman concluded that the Development Authority of the North Country completed a $50,000 feasibility study that found single-stream “wasn’t profitable, nor as efficient at recycling items.”

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