Natalie Donges, with Donges Properties, LLC., appeared before the Buther County Board of Commissioners this week  to provide further information regarding her request for a landfill fee reduction. She first appeared before the board on Jan. 14 to request a reduction of fees to help assist with the removal of mobile homes and a pile of tires.

Donges Properties, LLC, recently purchased three mobile home parks in Butler County that were in a state of disrepair. Two of the parks are located in the unincorporated area of Butler County adjacent to El Dorado and the third is located in Towanda.

Donges estimates there are approximately 200 tires that need to be hauled away and 13 mobile homes that will take between three and four dump trucks each to transport once demolished. When asked about selling the metal, she said there was no scrap value as the frames are mostly junk metal.

Material from demolished trailers can be disposed of in the construction and demolition landfill but they can not contain any personal trash, furnishings or white goods. Those items must be disposed of at the Subtitle D landfill. The cost to dispose of the waste in the Subtitle D landfill is $33 per ton. C&D landfill disposal rate is $27 per ton and tires range from $2 for each car tire and $8 for each truck tire, triple charges will apply if they are on the rim.

Donges said the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is unable to provide financial assistance for cleaning up the property.

 “It has to truly be an illegal dumpsite for KDHE to help,” Dunges said.

The Commission will meet to consider action and policy for addressing these types of circumstances in the future.

 “Currently the County does not have a specific policy on these types of request and has only considered such on a case by case basis. In the past, the landfill has accepted mobile homes in whole to be demolished on-site for $200 each,” County Administrator Will Johnson told the commission Jan. 14.

Johnson informed the Board that damages to the compactor occurred recently, as a result of demolishing a mobile home. Those damages included a transmission line being crushed and the resulting damage to the transmission cost the landfill approximately $38,000. The landfill employees have been instructed to discontinue this program and now will only accept the trailers if they have been demolished.

At that time, Johnson would not recommend a reduction of fees at the gate for the request, but would recommend a reimbursement of fees based on receipts. The reimbursement would come from the General Fund as the landfill is an enterprise fund and solely supported by fees.

Based on 20 mobile home trailers at $200 each being brought to the landfill, and approximately 100 tires at $2 each, the landfill fees could be approximately $4,200.

Johnson asked the Commission to consider establishing a fixed amount to be reimbursed based on estimated quantities of debris from the demolition of the trailers.