Kremmling officials court Grand County trash transfer station
February 22, 2009
After an issue arose about the location of a Grand County trash transfer station, the Town of Kremmling is requesting it be put next to the Kremmling Landfill.
“The trash is still going to go the same place, it’s still going to Denver one route or another,” said Kremmling Mayor Thomas Clark, “but it’s the internal movement of the garbage that’s the concern.”
Town Manager Ted Soltis drafted a letter to send to the Grand County commissioners after the Board of Trustees suggested the transfer station be located in Kremmling at a recent meeting.
Clark said the benefits are indirect and that it could employ more workers.
“It’s definitely going to bring more traffic up and down County Road 22, and there might be some folks who object to that,” he added.
The letter addresses two concerns. First, that sufficient funds be available for upgrade and maintain County Road 22 because of additional traffic. Secondly, the letter asks the county to consider modifying the intersection of County Road 22 and the landfill entrance to minimize any traffic hazards and congestion.
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A public process would still have to take place, Soltis noted.
Soltis and Clark attended the mayor/managers commissioners meeting Monday, and the transfer station was discussed.
“It still hasn’t been totally resolved yet,” Clark said. “The county’s really wondering if they want to be in the trash business at all. They had a very, very good presentation I thought. Very professional; it’s a very well thought out project.”
The commissioners looked at area transfer stations and how to operate them.
“The county has a number of sites that they are considering,” Soltis said.
Many Hot Sulphur Springs residents have said they don’t want the transfer station at the entrance of their town. Town officials have requested conditions if the county puts it there.
Commissioner Gary Bumgarner said the Kremmling location had been considered, but one of the reasons they chose Hot Sulphur is because it is centrally located. Waste Management had no input on the location, he said. However, county commissioners are open to all options, he added.
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