MADISON — A window for future use of the two refuse transfer stations in Boone County was left open at the Jan. 19 meeting of the Boone County Commission (BCC).
The group still plans to go forward with closures of the transfer stations Jan. 30; however, the BCC approved a measure which renewed the permits for the properties for another 12 months.
If a solution can be found to keep the transfer stations open, the two sites will not need the added steps of permit applications.
For decades, residents of Boone County have been the only citizens in W.Va. to enjoy “free” trash service.
Historically, the costs associated with trash collection and operation of the transfer stations in Boone County have been paid by coal severance taxes, but the continued decline in the coal industry has informed an inevitable and continued dwindling of the tax base.
Under the pressure of mounting bills and shrinking revenues, the BCC recently announced they would close the two dumps effective Jan. 30.
In response to the move the close the dumps, a community group quickly formed and began looking for solutions to keep the dumps open.
At the meeting, Rodney Miller addressed the BCC with an option for keeping the dumps open saying, “I ended up being…delegated a spokesperson for…a grassroots groups made up of…people from all over the county that have come together in looking for potential solutions to try to help you folks with the solid waste issue you’re having now.”
Miller stated the community is aware the funds no longer exist to keep the transfer stations open at no cost to citizens.
Miller pointed out many citizens are having trouble signing up for new trash service under Waste Management.
Josh Barker, with the city of Danville, explained, “They told us at city all that it would probably the first of April or the end of March before we could get a dumpster.”
Commissioner Atholl Halstead explained many people have been calling with similar situations and the BCC has been handling those issues on a case by case basis.
Commissioner Mickey Brown explained the dumps have been kept open for an 120 days.
Miller presented the BCC with the option of using a company that currently handles some commercial waste in Boone County — Republic Services.
A representative with the group explained the company has a landfill in Kentucky to which the trash could eventually be transferred.
Seeing an opportunity for the possible future use of the transfer stations, the BCC voted to renew the permits for the two transfer stations.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or by email at [email protected]