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HCJPB discusses landfill closure, trash bins in Hanna


January 15, 2020

The High Country Joint Powers Board (HCJPB) met on January 7 at 6 p.m. at the Medicine Bow Community Center to make up for the meeting that was supposed to be held on January 2. Bad weather was the factor of the regularly scheduled meeting to canceled.

Chairman Toby Smith from Medicine Bow and board members Sharon Biamnon, Medicine Bow, Kenny and Pam Campbell, Elk Mountain, Marcia Beals and Bob Patton were present. Besides the full board, Ann Calvert, the HCJPB bookkeeper was on hand.

The agenda and minutes from the December 5 regularly scheduled meeting were approved.

Beals gave the landfill report telling the board that debris from the rail derailment on December 26 (See “Getting things back on track” on page 1 of the January 8 Saratoga Sun) was being brought to the landfill. She said railroad track and concrete had been brought in.

“There was also oranges, apples, onions and other produce put out there,” Beals said. “And the deer are out there.”

“Oh they are having a ball,” Patton said as the board laughed.

There were 21 cars that derailed but one was taken with its contents back by Union Pacific. It was a car filled with Nike product.

The treasurers report and bills for $9,714.34 were approved.

Smith said he had been in contact with DEQ to make sure paperwork for the landfill was correct in compliance with the closure. He said, with the landfill closing in July, there was little leeway to have anything be in error.

Calvert told the board she will send off the paperwork on a deed to claim access property needed for the convenience center to get utilities.

Bins were there next order of business.

The towns of Medicine Bow and Elk Mountain had agreed to get bins. The town of Hanna declined to have bins and the convenience center at the landfill was opted for.

The Town of Medicine Bow requested 120 bins for the town. The Town of Elk Mountain requested 60. Hanna still needs to have bins for public areas. Calvert said she would take a survey of what areas needed to have a bin and get back to the board about how many bins Hanna would request.

Smith said the larger quantify of bins, a lower price will be given.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Febuary 6 at Elk Mountain Town Hall.


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