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Landfill closure pushed to Aug. 1
by Jebb Johnston
Jul 02, 2013 | 275 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The closing of the county landfill to the public is coming a few weeks later than originally announced.

The Board of Supervisors agreed Monday to amend the start date of the contract with Waste Connections from July 1 to Aug. 1. Attorney Bill Davis said there had been some confusion and the date should have gone in the minutes as Aug. 1 instead of July 1 when supervisors gave final approval to the contract on June 14.

For residents, this change means that any loads they would normally take to the rubbish site on Proper Street will need to go to the South Harper transfer station beginning Aug. 1. A $5 fee will be charged for smaller-sized loads.

Waste Connections will lease and operate the county’s transfer station for 10 years with a tipping fee of $22.98 per ton.

In other business before the board Monday, Sheriff Charles Rinehart suggested the county consider an interlocal agreement with Farmington for use of the town’s animal control officer. The sheriff’s department has already been calling on Farmington’s animal control on an as-needed basis.

He said the county’s situation with problem animals is getting “completely out of hand.” He emphasized that the agreement would be to deal with aggressive animals and not routine strays.

Rinehart said the county picked up eight dogs last week. A deputy is normally sent with Farmington’s animal control for calls in the county.

The sheriff said he doesn’t believe the county should hire a full-time animal control officer, but the problem needs to be addressed.

The county would likely pay a monthly fee to Farmington.

The animals picked up would go to the shelter, and District 3 Supervisor Tim Mitchell expressed concern that the county would quickly fill up the shelter with unwanted animals.
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