Solid Waste District seeking to extend life of Lander landfill beyond 2023; New roll-off containers ordered
During last Monday’s meeting, consulting engineer Ken Schreuder of Trihydro in Lander gave a report on its technical assistance for the past month. Schreuder said Trihydro would be meeting with Superintendent Andrew Frey and the DEQ Solid Waste administrators to discuss options to extend the life of the Lander Landfill, currently scheduled to close in 2023. The District is also working with Trihydro to evaluate options for the Lander Landfill’s groundwater discharge, which is currently taken to the City of Riverton’s wastewater treatment plant, in the amount of approximately 350,000 gallons a year (two to three loads of 3,000 gallons per week). The district would like to deliver the water to Lander’s treatment facility to reduce transportation costs, and those discussions are ongoing. The board discussed various options for the water, including creating a holding pond at the landfill (an engineering plan was created by Ingberg-Miller in 2006).
Schreuder also reported on a number bills in the legislature affecting landfill districts. HB 6 “Solid Waste Disposal Districts” allows board members to be reappointed indefinitely. HB 65 “Landfill Remediation” addresses groundwater and gas issues at landfills, increasing the appropriation from the existing $30 million to up to $45 million. HB 66 “Cease & Transfer” is to provide funding for landfill closure and post-closure procedures in grants and loans ranging from $500,000 to $3.75 million. SF 30 “Special District Budgets” requires proposed budgets to be reported not only to county commissioners but to the State Department of Audit as well.
In other items of business, Board members Rich Klaproth of Shoshoni and Jerry Crews of Riverton reported on visits they had made to the transfer stations on the Reservation. While the transfer stations were clean of litter within the fenced areas, conditions varied outside of the fences. It was reported that the Wind River Environmental Quality Commission was working on increased public education and staff training to reduce the litter problem.
The county commissioners are hosting trainings for new board members on Feb 27 and 28.
It was moved, seconded, and approved to engage the auditing firm of DM&T to complete the 2013 financial audit, at a cost of $9,800, after final determination that the other primary County agencies intend to continue use of them. The firm also conducts the Fremont County audit and has been the District’s auditing firm for the past three years.
Frey reported that he is working on revisions to the rules and regulations, including defining more clearly what is meant by “secured load.” According to Frey, “If they (trash loads) aren’t securely covered, it costs us money to clean it up.” He said the district staff has to police the District’s sites to pick up trash that blows out of uncovered or unsecured loads. The superintendent and board will get more information on the matter, and revised rules and regulations will be presented at the March meeting.
The board agreed that the executive committee either be appointed annually or consist of the officers.
The District received two acceptable bids for 13 new roll-off containers, nine for waste and four for recycling. With the optional lids, the winning bid from Rule Steel of Idaho totaled $107,452. It was approved and the containers should arrive in early April. The roll-offs would replace the District’s original roll-offs which are now in disrepair and cannot be adequately maintained.
The board then adjourned into executive session.
–Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District