The cost of bringing the Granada landfill into compliance with regulations from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment is a price higher than most rural communities can afford. Several Trustees, along with other community representatives, attended a regional meeting on landfill requirements in Lamar on February 28th, during which they received some hard financial news about their operation.
Following a 2012 landfill inspection by the state, the Trustees were notified in January 2013 of 17 deficiencies found at the Granada landfill. Not all of the deficiencies were of a direct environmental nature, as several pertained to fees, access routes, record keeping and financial aspects of operating the landfill. Others listed waste management corrections that were required and those are where most of the operating costs are located, beyond the financial scope of the town. The estimated cost to upgrade the landfill is $180,000 and the estimated cost to operate the landfill, adhering to state regulations, would be around $300,000 a year. Costs associated with development of a centralized transfer station are also beyond the town’s budget. The Trustees said even if the landfill is closed they will still be required to install monitoring wells and provide maintenance at the site. Mayor Glenn Otto said he will attend Governor Hickenlooper’s town hall meeting in Lamar on April 19th and ask for some form of consideration. A letter from the Prowers County Commissioners on behalf of the towns in the county has been sent to state legislators. The state has indicated it may begin to fine non-compliant communities by this fall.
In other action, Town Maintenance Supervisor, John McMillan, said vandals have cracked the slide in the town’s park and he is setting up a barrier to prevent any future use until a replacement has been purchased at an estimated cost of $1,280. The Trustees noted the slide was also broken two or three years ago. Water lines have been flushed and the sewer lines in the town will be flushed starting at the end of April. McMillan said this would not have any impact on residences. Four street lights will be replaced, the cost is estimated at about $800 and needed repairs will be done on a town vehicle, estimated at $1,193. Granada Police Chief, David Dougherty, said a resident is willing donate a privately owned radar display for the town’s use. “We can use it on local streets, but if we are putting it out on the highway, we’ll need to contact CDOT for permission,” he explained. The Trustees also discussed the noise made by the blowers in some local grain elevators, but no solution was immediately recommended.
By Russ Baldwin
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