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Waste district won’t pass on its rise in cost

December 21, 2010

Tim Baker

    The cost incurred by the Adams County solid waste district for the hauling and disposal of trash at the Waste Management landfill in Jay County will increase slightly in 2011, but those costs will not be passed on to solid waste customers.
    Tim Baker, who serves as legal counsel for the waste district, reported during Monday's regular board meeting that the U.S. consumer price index had risen 1.1 percent over the past 12 months. As specified in separate contracts with Luginbill Trucking and Waste Management Inc., annual rate increases paid by the waste district are tied to that annual report.
    Baker said the cost of hauling trash to Jay County will increase by $3.07 per truckload, bringing the per-trip cost to $282.47. Disposal rates will go up by 26 cents per ton next year, to $23.67.
    But, as had been previously discussed, the board voted Monday to impose no increases in local disposal rates.
    Baker said he would sit down after the first of the year with director Hank Mayer and his assistant, Betty Garwood, to review the solid waste district's financial picture. Baker noted that revenues at the solid waste transfer station were up during 2010, as was income received by the sale of recyclable. But district expenses were also up from the previous year.
    "As a whole, I think our cash balance will end up in pretty good shape. And on the whole, that's good news," Baker said. "It will allow us to keep rates fairly static for customers."

    The remainder of Monday's meeting consisted primarily of year-end bookkeeping transactions. Baker and Becky Cochran were reappointed as the board's attorney and controller, respectively, for 2011. The waste district's annual holiday schedule was established, as were meeting times and dates.
    Mayer reported that the scales at the transfer station are currently weighing incorrectly. He said a company was en route on Monday to correct the problem, and noted that customers will be charged based on the lower weight levels that are now being registered by the scales.
    Mayer also said he met recently with Sheriff Charles Padgett, whose term will end at the conclusion of 2010, and sheriff-elect Shane Rekeweg in an attempt to rekindle a recycling program that had been operated by the sheriff reserve unit before it was recently suspended. Mayer said Rekeweg indicated he would like to continue the program.
    In other business, Mayer received board approval to relocate one infrared heater at the solid waste transfer station, at a cost of $500, and to purchase two electric heaters for a maintenance building there, at a cost of $2,000.


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