Commissioners discuss efficiency of operations at landfill, address 911 system flaws

At today’s County Commissioners’ meeting, commissioners revisited the issue of the landfill filling quickly from storm-related debris. Commissioner Allen Warren estimated the containers full of shingles and discarded roofing materials weigh about 10-12 tons. Warren said, “It’s a mountain–it’s an absolute mountain” in reference to the amount of discarded materials being unloaded each day at the landfill. However, there is room for the extra material on the west side of the landfill between the pit and the fence. Warren encouraged landfill employees to deposit shingles in an area that would not require employees to move piles of shingles with a bulldozer. According to Warren, it would be more efficient fuel-wise not to use the bulldozer to push shingles, which the bulldozer does not do efficiently.

Commissioners also listened as J. R. Stewart presented his concerns involving the 911 system and his address. He explained that fire crews have been misdirected by the system in the past when his barn caught fire, delaying them 20 minutes. Stewart proposed that a section of 235th street be renamed “235th Terrace” in order to eliminate the confusion in the system, and all three commissioners were in agreement.

Other news:

  • Commissioners signed three resolutions involving the purchase of the courthouse annex building at 108 West 2nd. Resolution 15-13 approved the purchase of the building, while Resolution 16-13 approved the sale of $190,000 in general obligation bonds.
  • Attorney Dan Meara requested the commissioners delay this year’s tax sale in order to allow more properties to be processed before the sale. According to Meara, this action could provide a better number of properties to be presented at the sale and might generate more interest. Meara said, “It’s like any public auction–the more tracts [of land] you have, the more interest you have.”Meara pointed out that at times, the sale costs the county more than it profits from the sale, but Commission Chairman Warren pointed out that it would be good to get the land in question back into the hands of someone that will pay taxes on it, and that the taxes would make up for any money lost.
  • Commissioners reviewed bids for fish food to be used at Elm Creek Lake and accepted the low bid from Tractor Supply Co., which was $607.60 per ton.

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