As they try to increase revenue at the Butler County Landfill, Butler County public works director Darryl Lutz has been part of discussions with a private company that expressed interest in bringing trash to the landfill.
During Tuesday's Butler County Commission meeting, the commissioners approved a proposed contract to be taken to the vendor.
The vendor, which was not named during the meeting, will be allowed to bring up to 130 tons of trash to the landfill per day. Currently, there is about 100 tons of trash coming in daily from Butler County and 20 tons per day from Marion County.
"We're not taking away from what we anticipated the life of the landfill to be," said Lutz. "We're trying to get us to where we intended to be with owning and operating our own landfill."
Lutz estimates the landfill can receive 250 tons of trash each day.
Commissioner Day Woydziak raised concern about the proposed rate of $31 a ton, which is what Butler County residents pay.
"I think it should be a minimum of a dollar higher that what we're charging our residents," he said.
He also suggested that the company be allowed to forgo the yearly increase of a dollar per ton in 2014 if the initial price is set at $32 and the company meets its quota of trash to bring.
According to the agreement, the company is supposed to bring a minimum of 65 tons a day by the end of the first year of the agreement.
After hearing from the commissioners, Lutz will take the proposal to the vendor for approval before bringing it back to the commission for final approval and implementation.
After discussing this proposal, the commissioners passed a resolution to ensure they retain control of use of and access to the landfill.
In other business, the commissioners:
• heard from Rochella Merchant, whose son passed away a number of months ago before he arrived at a hospital. She said he had to wait too long for an ambulance to arrive, and encouraged the commissioners to add more ambulances to the county fleet.
• approved the purchase of the 2013 maintenance plan from Cross Match Technologies for automated fingerprint systems.
• approved a proposal from Integrity Steel Works for 10 replacement jail doors. The new doors will place old wooden ones.
• authorized the GIS director to send out a request for proposal to procure county-wide digital ortho photography and updated ground control.
• authorized the director of strategic communications and information technology to pursue an updated agreement with Butler Community College to allow an increased footprint of county communications assets on the college radio tower.
Page 2 of 2 - • authorized the director of public works to solicit proposals for engineering services related to bridge rehabilitation projects and bridge replacement projects for the county's capital improvement plan.
• authorized the director of public works to solicit cost proposals for an asphalt surfacing project on approximately 1.6 miles of SW Thunder Road extending west form the city limits of Augusta.
• authorized county staff to receive and open sealed proposals for GPS survey equipment and to present a tabulation, evaluation and recommendation for the county commission.
• authorized the purchase of a Chevy Traverse for the Department of Community Corrections.
• held a work session to discuss their legislative agenda.