Man charged with running illegal landfill

Julie Sherwood

A Palmyra man was charged Tuesday with unlawfully disposing garbage, commercial rubble and hazardous materials on a property near the Manchester village line.

Raymond O. Wilson, 46, of 3542 Vienna St., Palmyra, was charged with violating environmental conservation laws, according to a report from the Ontario County Sheriff's Office. He is to appear in Farmington Town Court to answer the charges.

An investigation involved environmental conservation officer Dan Malloy, who located Wilson after numerous items were found indicating the garbage was his, according to the report.

On Aug. 18, the Manchester Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in a field behind Old Castle Precast off State Street. Firefighters discovered burning garbage and rubble spreading to a pile of railroad ties. It took 5,000 gallons of water and a five-gallon can of foam to put the fire out.

"There was a lot of commercial junk there," said Manchester firefighter Don Blaisdell, who was at the scene. "It was smoky, smelly."

Blaisdell said it wasn't the first time the fire company had responded to a fire at the site located on property in the town of Farmington, near the village of Manchester.

"This has been ongoing all summer long," he said. Four or five times firefighters have called to the site, he said. Each time it took one-to-two hours to put out flames that burned in a field and also trees in an adjacent wooded area.

No further information about the type of hazardous material was available by press time today.

Julie Sherwood can be reached at (585) 394-0770, Ext. 263, or at