Proposed changes to the landfill's tire disposal program
During Tuesday's Butler County Commission meeting, Public Works Director Darryl Lutz and Butler County Landfill E-Waste Coordinator Linda Johnson talked to the commissioners about proposed changes to the landfill's tire disposal program.
"This is an alternative to shipping tires off to a recycler," said Lutz. "We've got a program to use a local vendor."
The alternative is to have the local vendor come to the landfill to cut the tires up and keep them at the landfill instead of sending them to a recycler.
Johnson told the commissioners the proposed local vendor has been disposing of the landfill's aluminum since 2008. She also estimates the amount of tires that would go into the landfill would be relatively small, about 10 tons each month.
Some tires, such as heavy industrial tires, would still need to be shipped to a recycler.
The county has been paying $15,400 to a tire recycler each year. If implemented, the proposal to have vehicle and tractor tires cut up and kept at the landfill will cost around $6,700 annually.
The commissioners expressed approval for the change, so Lutz will work on a formal proposal to bring before the commission during a later meeting.
In other business, the commissioners:
• approved a homestead lot split with agricultural preservation overlay in order to separate an existing homestead and five acres from a parcel containing approximately 472.5 acres by Stephen and Louis Vestring.
• approved a homestead lot split with agricultural preservation overlay in order to separate an existing homestead and five acres from a parcel containing approximately 77.1 acres by Bert Bonham.
• voted to remand an application by Johnnie L. Shoemaker to rezone approximately 40 acres from an AG-40 agricultural classification to an RE residential estate classification back to the planning commission. The motion passed 4-1 with Commissioner Mike Wheeler opposed.
• approved a request by Vincent A. Burnett on behalf of Kenton Hupp to establish a general office for engineering firm KLH Consulting on property in the RR rural residential zoning district. The commissioners approved a conditional use permit with six conditions.
• approved an application by Charles W. Roach to rezone approximately 40 acres from an AG-40 agricultural classification to an RE residential estate classification.
• approved a pilot program for a city-wide cleanup program for the City of Augusta. In the past, the city has allowed residents to bring waste to a dumping location for a set amount of time. City officials believe those who live outside Augusta have been bringing trash during this time, and are looking for ways to make sure only Augusta residents use the cleanup program. Instead of the cleanup time, the city will be offering residents two coupons to take trash to the landfill. These coupons can be used any time during the year, and the coupon holder will not have to pay the landfill fee. Residents must go to the utility office to pick up their coupons and be able to prove Augusta residency.
• designated the week of Saturday, April 13 through Saturday, April 20, 2012 for the annual county-wide cleanup program.
• approved a renewal of a KDHE grant for cathode ray tube management through the county's e-waste collection program. This is a recurring grant that provides $15,000 annually for the disposal of cathode ray tubes.