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Grand County buys land for trash transfer station

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado

Grand County purchased former rodeo-arena land to locate its future transfer station.

C.J.S. Investments accepted $180,000 for land on the south side of Highway 40 less than a mile outside Hot Sulphur Springs, according to Grand County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran. The county closed on the property Tuesday.

The six-acre purchase is another step toward implementing a transfer station that will serve as a temporary holding facility for Grand County’s trash to be transported to a landfill on the Front Range.

The land was chosen from among three sites Grand County Road and Bridge officials considered in terms of cost, development and accessibility, Underbrink Curran said.

“When it was all said and done, the Hot Sulphur Springs parcel came out on top,” she said. “The board has to make decisions based on wise expenditure of taxpayer dollars, and that’s what they did.”

Next steps, she said, are to proceed with negotiating a final agreement with Waste Management, the company chosen to run the transfer station. The county also will be seeking permitting from the state and is applying for a $950,000 state energy impact grant to help with development costs.

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According to Underbrink Curran, the county wanted to own the facility and the land to “make sure all waste haulers have the ability to use the facility.”

It’s still unclear how recycling will fit into the transfer station scenario as Grand County works out operational details with Waste Management.

The two existing landfill sites, Granby’s and Kremmling’s, will be “mothballed,” she said, “so if the county had to reopen them, it would still be able to use them.”

One plan is to store construction materials at the Granby landfill site. A large metal warehouse at the landfill most-likely will be moved to another county location.

The outer-Granby landfill slide that cost the county $4 million in 2007 has reached it’s settling point, according to the county. Yet, “commissioners are concerned about continuing to use that site,” the manager said. “You never know when a geological event will occur.”

Grand County plans to have its new transfer station operational by the end of 2009.

“It’s predicated on a lot of things, but that is what we’re striving for,” Underbrink Curran said.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.

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