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South End Transfer Station Construction Starts

Basin Republican Rustler of Basin, Wyoming

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If you visit the South Big Horn County Landfill between Basin and Greybull, you will notice that the construction of the transfer station has begun.

Board members at the September meeting were advised by landfill manager Gary Grant and Inberg-Miller engineer Howard Johnson that the construction would start the day after the meeting, which was held Sept. 15. The goal is to have the building completed by Dec. 16, 2015.

South Big Horn County Landfill employee Paul Mayfield gave an update to the board on his visit to the Douglas transfer station. He said it wasn't what he had hoped for, as none of the staff that loads was there to show him how the system works. "I didn't learn as much as I wanted," he said.

Mayfield also asked how biohazard waste from the hospital was going to be handled at the new transfer station. The board, engineer and two employees of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) expressed their surprise that this type of waste was still coming to the landfill. Board member Carl Olson said he would talk to the hospital to find a solution.

Craig McOmie of WDEQ briefed the board on possible changes in state legislation regarding transfer stations and closures in the future. One issue that will be addressed is how small communities are struggling to come up with the 25 percent match for the grant.

McOmie had high praise for Big Horn County Clerk Lori Smallwood (also in attendance) for the work she has done to administer the grant. "Kudos to Lori; you guys were the first ones out of the gate," said McOmie. "We just kind of handed you the reins"

In other business:

Bookkeeper Cynde Braten presented the financials. "Everything looks good," she said.

A change order for the transfer station was presented by Johnson.

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Original Publication Date: September 24, 2015

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