May 14, 2013
BOC SEEMS DETERMINED TO CLOSE LANDFILL
At the BOC meeting Monday night
(5/13/13), closing the landfill was discussed and a plan already seems to be in
place to do so.
The county received a letter from SPUR about the cost for
work at the landfill. The letter stated
that it would cost $108,585 to move the fiberboard and to close cell #1. Comm. Trammell asked, “Does this seal up
everything we got?” The answer was,
“Yes.” It was stated that “then going forward the only expense would be the
monitoring.” Comm. Salmon says this is
his understanding as well in conversations with EPD.
Comm. Luke wanted to find out if it could be done cheaper
and then close it. Comm. Salmon says he
is still waiting on the EPD to review the proposal about moving stuff to
EarthPak. All commissioners seemed to
agree that landfill will be closed. All
members know that the county will have to monitor the landfill for years to
Comm. Henry brought up there was another $9000 for
hydroseed. The BOC wants to bid out the
work and have a not to exceed price.
Comm. Salmon finished the conversation with the county “could
sell the permit to another company or lease it out. Let them deal with it."
video here. Comm. Salmon on
If another company does buy or lease the landfill, there
will be no control over what will be brought into this county to dump in the
landfill. There was also no mention of
what the public would do with construction materials, old mattresses, and other
junk for the landfill. Will the county
provide a place for disposal of these items and how much will that cost?
It is truly bothersome that issues like this come up at
budget meetings no one attends and the public is in the dark. It is also bothersome that these issues have
been well discussed in private before they come out in public. Such comments as “we’ve all talked about
this” beg the question, “When did you talk about it?” There is very little if any transparency with
The next BOC meeting is Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30PM. On the agenda is funding the JCWSA, RFP for
privatizing EMS, discussing possible double dipping for a magistrate employee,
and accepting bids on a batwing mower.
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