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Transfer station hours get closer to finalization

Oct 13, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

Disposal district board members want to get feedback from communities before making a decision.

The Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District anticipates finalizing transfer station schedules later this month.

Board action was on the Oct. 8 agenda but was tabled after questions arose about the operation hours.

Disposal district superintendent Andrew Frey presented proposed schedules for November and December for transfer stations at Atlantic City, Pavillion, Jeffrey City, Lysite, Shoshoni, Missouri Valley and Hudson.

Board member Dave Hines said he was concerned with the hours of operation that end at 7 p.m. at some sites.

"It's very dark," Hines said. "I think there could be a potential liability there for personnel."

Hines said another liability could be an employee driving from Jeffrey City late in the evening on a hazardous roadway.

Board member Jeff Hermansky proposed transfer sites close at 5 p.m., especially in December given shorter daylight hours.

Frey said many residents do not get off work until 5 p.m. and suggested providing lighting at sites.

Hines asked Frey to look into how often stations are used in the evening.

"It should be looked at," Hines added.

Under Frey's proposed schedules, sites would run on a rotation, with each open one day a week. The sites would open between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and close between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on their designated days. Weekend hours would vary from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Steve Baumann said he thought the board should get feedback from the communities before making a decision, adding that the district needs, "to make sure services are still being provided."

Frey said he would contact mayors and use the information to make a proposal at the upcoming special meeting Oct. 22.

Fremont County commission chairman Doug Thompson said he appreciated that the disposal district was trying to address the concern of providing services for when residents are off work.

Thompson, who is the liaison to the board, said flexibility could be considered. He suggested some areas with fewer patrons could have fewer days of operation while areas with more business could have an extra day.

Transfer station revenue

During the meeting, Frey also reported revenue from the seven transfer stations last month had more than doubled from a year ago when the stations were not staffed.

Frey said the 447 patrons who used the stations paid $4,348, which is up from $2,124.97 in September 2011.

The Pavillion site reported the highest number of patrons with 120, followed by 96 patrons at Shoshoni and 84 patrons at Missouri Valley.

With 16 patrons each, Jeffrey City and Lysite reported the least amount of business last month.

Frey told the board that business for private trash hauling services was up countywide, which is resulting in an overall reduction in the amount of waste hauled from transfer stations.

Board member Mike Morgan noted the dramatic change, saying, "Money makes people change behavior."

Frey said the disposal district will not have a good measure of how the transfer stations are doing now that they are staffed until the district gets a handle on illegal dumping at the reservation sites.

For example, he said he knows of a business near Boysen Reservoir that is hauling trash to the transfer station on 17 Mile Road to avoid fees.

"You're never going to get rid of illegal dumping," Hines said.

Board members voiced appreciation of recent citations issued by the Fremont County Sheriff's Office to individuals caught dumping trash illegally at the Bushwacker site.

Hermansky asked if the board should submit a letter to the judge requesting those convicted of such crimes be required to do community service.

"I'd like to see these individuals who are caught to do some community service," he said.

It was later determined that such a request must be directed to the Fremont County Attorney's Office.

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