(Audubon) The Audubon County Solid Waste Commission held a special meeting Tuesday night at the Memorial Building in Audubon to discuss membership, and the future of the Audubon County Transfer Station. The meeting was sparked by a “Letter of Intent” filed by the supervisors to dissolve the 28-E agreement. Members of the participating communities and members of the community met for two-hours discussing the pros and cons of dissolving the 28E.
Audubon County Supervisor Chair Todd Nelson says the County Board of Supervisors’ feels like they can save $68,000 by changing the arrangement.
“We understand that we don’t want to cause an inconvenience to City residents and I think as a board we would be willing to spend some of that savings to maintain the convenience that everybody wants,” said Nelson.
Nelson is talking about making it a convenience center instead of a transfer station, which environmental consultant Cindy Terkle explained as simply that.
“The citizen’s convenience center shall accept only from citizens and small businesses residing in the service area designated, now whether that’s strictly the county or county and cities or whatever, that’s the only place it can be taken,” said Terkle.
The closing of the transfer station also means the layoff of five employees with a payroll of $185,000, something that concerns Audubon City Council member Teresa Murray.
“I would like to ask the Supervisors if you’ve given thought to what losing a business such as the transfer station is going to do to the County and the money that the County and the City will be losing by moving it,” said Murray. “For instance the people who go to Carroll will shop in Carroll, the gas will be bought in Carroll because maybe its 10-cents cheaper; so we’ll lose that gas tax, there is so many other things to look at than just the tipping fees.”
The other issue on the table is the remaining five-year contract with the Harrison County Landfill for $25.05 per ton, for $305,500 ton.
The next step is a meeting between representatives of the Landfill Commission, and 28E members to try and come up with a solution, which may include the commission attempting to cut some of their budget, which commission representatives say may be difficult. That meeting is scheduled for April 10th.
April 4, 2012