GREENVILLE, Maine — The town’s transfer station committee on Tuesday will review a draft plan for the placement of the public works garage and transfer station-recycling center on land in the town’s industrial park.
Residents in October approved a swap of a town-owned building and land in Moosehead Junction Township, used by the public works and recycling departments, for a similar building and land owned by Mike Theriault in the Greenville Industrial Park. That swap, approved by selectmen on Jan. 5, came with the understanding that no appraisals would be made or money exchanged. The conveyance of the properties is under way.
Town officials favored Theriault’s property for a transfer station-recycling center, and since the property had a garage on the parcel, it made sense to them to propose moving the public works garage onto the same property.
A transfer station is needed because the Department of Environmental Protection has ordered the town to stop using its grandfathered landfill by Dec. 31, 2011.
No site plan for the transfer station has been submitted to the DEP, so no approval has yet been given to the town for the site’s use. The committee believes the site likely will be permitted by the DEP based on initial discussions with the state agency, although they recognize there is no guarantee.
Town Manager Gary Lamb said Friday that a previous transfer station design proposed on another lot in town would have cost more than $1 million since a road was needed at a cost of about $224,000. “With the Theriault property we could hopefully cut at least a third of those costs,” he said.
Further cost details are expected at Tuesday’s meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m..
On another matter, Lamb provided cost details to selectmen Wednesday regarding winter sidewalk maintenance. He believes the town should purchase a snowblower for the work, rather than use the heavy equipment, including the bucket loader. It cost the town $6,500 in 2009-10 for that work. “‘It’s very inefficient,” Lamb said, noting that it also was a safety issue because people have to walk in the roadway.
A snowblower would clear a sidewalk in a minute or two compared to the 10-15 minutes it takes using the heavy equipment, according to Lamb. He plans to include funds in his proposed budget for a used machine.
Selectmen also were put on notice that $97,000 of the $154,000 appropriated for winter road maintenance has been spent through Jan. 4.
“We’ve got a lot of winter left,” Lamb said, noting that the account will likely be overdrafted.