Following their work session during Monday’s meeting, the Butler County Commission on Tuesday approved fee increases and changes in some operations at the Butler County landfill.
“We’ve had a number of work session items and discussion regarding proposed fee increases for the landfill,” said public works director Darryl Lutz. “Our operating costs have stayed the same or gone down and our revenues are down.”
During the discussion, Commissioner Peggy Palmer mentioned she had received a phone call from someone who said there was a contract in place for the landfill to accept trash from outside Butler County.
The only outside trash currently coming to the landfill is from Marion County.
Lutz and county administrator Will Johnson advised Palmer there have been discussions with a vendor, but there is no contract in place (other than the one with Marion County) because any such contract would have to be approved by the commission.
The 2013 adopted landfill budget is a little more than $2 million, and there is an operating deficit of about $198,000.
To help close that gap, the commissioners approved a $1 per ton increase from $30 to $31 for regular waste, a $1 per ton increase from $34 to $35 for Marion County trash, a $4 per ton increase from $21 to $25 for construction and demolition waste and a $2 increase per ton from $60 to $62 for special waste. These increases will be effective Jan. 1, 2013. The motion to approve the increases passed by a vote of 4-1 with Commissioners Dan Woydziak, Jeff Masterson, Bruce Harris and Mike Wheeler in favor and Palmer opposed.
The commissioners also voted, unanimously, to eliminate the wood waste grinding program and reduce operations on Saturdays by three hours. Effective April 1, 2013, all Saturday landfill operations will close at 2:30 p.m. instead of 5:30 p.m. The landfill will remain open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In other business, the commissioners:
• held a work session to discuss county redistricting with county counselor Norman Manley. Commissioner-elect Ed Myers also participated in the discussion.
• approved the addition of a legal secretary for the county attorney’s office.
• approved the purchase of a tarp machine in the amount of $60,678.63 for the Butler County landfill.
• tabled the purchase of a track type hydraulic excavator for the highway division of the public works department until Nov. 27.
• approved a repair estimate of $5,200 for a hydraulic motor on a pneumatic rubber-tired compactor for the highway division of the public works department.
• approved closing out the National Historic Preservation grant. The federal grant requires a 50 percent match from the county, and the commissioners decided they didn’t have $50,000 in the budget for preservation work so they are returning the remaining grant money.