ITAWAMBA TRANSFER SITE APPROVED BY THREE RIVERS

CATEGORY: WAS Waste/Landfills

AUTHOR: HILL

ITAWAMBA TRANSFER SITE APPROVED BY THREE RIVERS

By Jane Hill

Daily Journal

PONTOTOC – Itawamba County can continue with plans to build a local solid waste transfer station with the help of the Three Rivers Regional Solid Waste Management Authority.

Authority members voted last week to finance a tipping floor transfer station for the county up to $190,000.

Itawamba County and Fulton city officials have been working on a plan to construct a permanent tipping floor transfer station for the county for several months. Since the regional garbage collection system went into effect in 1994, the county’s garbage has been hauled to the transfer station at the site of the old Lee County Landfill or to Monroe County’s transfer station near Amory.

Three Rivers’ regional solid waste management plan originally did not contain plans for an Itawamba County transfer station. But Itawamba officials argued that geographic peculiarities in the county and the unexpectedly high volume of garbage generated per county household increased the need for a local transfer station.

A transfer station is a facility where the waste collected by garbage trucks can be transferred to larger trucks for transportation to the regional landfill in Pontotoc County.

Randy Kelley, administrator for the authority, said under the terms of the agreement, Itawamba County and Fulton city officials will be responsible for providing the land and the personnel for operating the facility. If the cost of building the transfer station exceeds $190,000, city and county officials will be responsible for making up the difference, he said.

In other business, authority members applied for permission from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to hold a household hazardous waste collection day in the seven-county region. The counties in the authority are Calhoun, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc and Union.

If the state grants permission, each county would designate a site where residents could bring items that are not permitted to be buried in the regional landfill. Such items include paint cans and paint thinner containers, products the products from school chemistry labs, waste oil and other hazardous waste items. Once the items are collected they can be taken to a hazardous waste disposal facility. The nearest permitted facility is in Alabama.

Authority members heard a report from Nelson Lucius, an engineer with Neel-Schaffer Engineering of Tupelo, on the construction of the second cell in the regional landfill in Pontotoc County.

According to engineers’ estimates, the landfill cell should be completed by the contractor Chancellor and Sons within three weeks.

Ronnie Bell, chairman of the authority, said there is currently a six-week capacity in the landfill’s first cell. Kelley said he did not anticipate that the landfill would run out of space in the first cell before the second cell could be ready for use.

Currently Chancellor and Sons are over their allotted time on the construction contract for the second cell and are being fined $1,000 a day under the terms of the contract. Chancellor officials has requested a time extension under the contract due to inclement weather conditions, but as yet the authority members have not voted to grant an extension.

Authority members also approved contracting with the Neel-Schaffer engineering firm for the design of a third landfill cell, Kelley said. It is not anticipated that that cell will be in use until 1997.

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