Council agrees to revise landfill fees, hours

Town council agreed to make revisions to the tipping fees at the landfill site when the scale there is not in operation, as well as to slightly change its hours of operation, at its regular meeting Monday night.
A report by Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown noted the previously-approved 2004 landfill tipping fees (for when the scale there is not operational) seemed “a bit unfair” and should be revised to more realistically reflect average loads the dump sees.
Following Brown’s recommendation, council agreed that the rates—for when the scale is not in operation—be changed as follows:
•half-ton trucks—from $22 to $12;
•passenger vehicle or half-ton truck pulling a single-axle trailer—from $22 and $33, respectively, to $18 for each;
•garbage trucks, containerized hauling units, and tankers—from $273 to $176;
•tandem trucks and trailers—from $228 to $147; and
•single-axle trucks—from $91 to $59.
These downward adjustments are based on data from earlier this year showing the average weights of loads recorded when the scale is operational.
The passenger vehicle rate when the scale is not operational will remain at $11—the rate previously approved by council with the rest of the tipping fee schedule.
Council also agreed Monday night to change the hours of operation at the landfill. It will be open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning June 21.
This is a change from the current hours, which are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
The revision to open the landfill earlier during weekdays was requested by two local contractors—Asselin Transportation and Buttner Enterprises—who wanted access to the landfill at an earlier time of day.
The change in hours has no financial impact to the town, noted Brown, as the number of hours the site is open (and thus has to be manned) remains the same.
The dump still will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays.