Johnston to get $3 million for dealing with smell

Dee DeQuattro

Johnston is getting $3 million dollars for putting up with all the smells coming from the central landfill.

Mayor Polisena made the announcement this evening in front of a packed audience at Johnston high school.

The money comes from a settlement the town reached with Rhode Island Resource Recovery.

Johnston filed suit against the group in 2011 claiming damages for the terrible odor coming from the landfill.

“We think we saved a lengthy legal battle with resource recovery; quite frankly RI resource recovery is the state of Rhode Island, so how long do you fight the state? We didn't give up, by no means, but I think we got a decent settlement,” said Polisena.

“We want to be a good neighbor, we don't want to be the evil empire that some people think we are, so we want to get rid of that image. We're glad this one's over,” said Michael O'Connell, the Executive Director of Rhode Island Resource Recovery.

Johnston will get $1.5 million of the settlement up front the rest will come in over the next 14 years.

Polisena says the money will be used to completely re–build.

(C) WlNE-TV 2013