Surrey considers operating transfer station on their own

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

At their regular meeting October 8, the Surrey Township Board once again discussed the future of the transfer station.

Supervisor Russ Hamilton reported that Waste Management, who currently has the contract to operate the facility, has requested a contract extension. “Or do we want to be our own manager of the transfer facility?” said Hamilton. “We have to make a decision on this between now and December 31 (when the current contract expires).”

Township Clerk Glenna Bradbury said she was in favor of the board operating the facility. “We can’t do any worse,” she said.
Another option, Hamilton reported, would be a curbside collection of recyclables.

Meanwhile Hamilton requested the board’s approval to send a letter to WMI that the board is considering becoming its own manager at the transfer facility. “I think we should try it,” Bradbury said. “It would save us money.”

The board approved a motion to send the letter to WMI and set a workshop to discuss the transfer station operation further for October 23 at 4 p.m.

Hamilton also reported on quotes received for cleaning up the facility each year.  The board approved a quote from Gre-Car for brush chipping and clean-up for $2,500. The cleanup would be done in 2014.

The board also decided to eliminate clean-up week next year, instead allowing residents to dispose of 4 to 6 large items throughout the year.  The board decided to try that method for a year. Glenna said she will develop a punch card that residents can use to dispose of large items when they need to.

Other business at the meeting included:

*Senator Judy Emmons of the 33rd Senate District was at the meeting. She said with the upcoming district changes she will represent this area next year.

*A report from County Commissioner Lynn Grim outlining the adoption of the budget, appointment to the Board of Canvassers, funding cuts for the Department of Human Services and their need for rooms for visitation between parents and children. She also said Experience Works needs jobs for nine senior citizens, at no cost to employers.

*The board gave Fire Chief Dave Williams authority to sign a Mutual Aid Agreement for the Fire Chief’s Training Council.

*The board approved the payment of bills for September totaling $28,152.27.

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