Commission approves another rate hike in annual landfill fee [The Hutchinson News, Kan.]
The annual assessment will climb from $92 to $96 per year per household, effective on the November property tax statement.
It’s the second consecutive year that the commission has approved a $4 jump in the annual assessment, with a third, similar hike, also is planned for next year, bringing the fee to $100 by 2021.
The additional funding is necessary, according to the landfill staff and an outside consultant advised the commission, to start an expansion project in 2021 that will extend the landfill’s life out some 50 years.
It will also allow the county to maintain current operations at levels that meet state and federal landfill regulations.
The commission Tuesday also approved an annual update to the South-Central Solid Waste Management Plan, which covers trash disposal for
Besides the 4.3 percent rate increase for
Even following the hike, the estimated cost per ton to
The expansion project includes moving all of the existing landfill structures, such as the scale house and offices, to the opposite side of the street, out of the existing landfill footprint, and then converting that space into a landfill disposal cell.
Preliminary estimates of those costs are about $800,000 to prepare Cell D and $3 million for the facilities.
By implementing a vertical expansion going up 100 to 120 feet over the existing landfill, it will allow the county to extend the life of the landfill into the 2070s. Otherwise, the county would need to find additional land to expand onto starting in the next eight to 10 years, consultant
Elements of the new landfill office will include improving traffic flow, installing scales for vehicles both entering and exiting, and consolidating structures, now spread out across the property, into one place.
The engineering proposal from
The most significant chunk of that is $175,000 for “60 percent design” of the proposed new landfill facilities.
Last year SCS completed a 30 percent conceptual design. The additional step will provide greater detail on grading, utilities, materials, drainage, etc., which will then be delivered to
Additional tasks are an annual landfill volume calculation, an operating plan update, organic compounds sampling, programming landfill equipment with GPS data for proper site grading in the construction and demolition debris cell, and stormwater management training.
The only changes to the annual regional solid waste management plan are that
In other business Tuesday: — The commission approved awarding a bid to GW Van Keppel of
It was unclear, however, how quickly the equipment will be delivered because of a backup for truck manufacturers. He hoped to get it before the end of the paving season, McComb said. — The commission tabled a request by
The preliminary estimate for construction is $1.1 million, according to documents filed with the county. The expansion, along with the purchase of $1.45 million in new equipment and machinery, is projected to add at least 10 jobs next year.
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