|FIRST STEP TOWARD LANDFILL COMPOST PROJECT|
COMMISSIONERS HEAR DEPARTMENT REPORTS 9-24-12 LMS
Preliminary reports from some of the fuel reduction projects done prior to the Mustang Complex fire show those areas fared well according to Lemhi County Wildland Urban Interface Coordinator Karin Drnjevic. During a September 24 meeting she told County Commissioners Rick Snyder, John Jakovac and Bob Cope she will continue to take what have become the “after” pictures as the areas become accessible. Private properties in the vicinity of Hughes Creek have been involved in Firewise fuel reduction projects for some time and it appears their efforts have been proven very successful.
When a private property or community fuel reduction plan is developed and approved by the state and national Firewise Communities USA program the project becomes eligible for grant applications. During Monday’s meeting the commissioners moved to accept a $39,500 fuel reduction proposal to treat 27 acres on the west side of Moose Creek Estates. The funds will come from Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act Title III monies dedicated to the Firewise Program. Anyone interested in joining the Firewise program or obtaining more information may contact Drnjevic at 756-2815 extension 271.
Snyder brought up the question of salvaging still usable trees killed in this summer’s fires and Cope said the problem is not so much potential legal appeals but the lack of demand for lumber. Nevertheless the commissioners will encourage finding a use for the salvageable materials.
Landfill Supervisor Jack Miller told the commissioners the recycled cardboard effort at the landfill is still paying dividends beyond not having to use landfill space to bury it. He said the last shipment of baled cardboard from the landfill netted $1700. Miller also said the refuse generated from forest fire camps has been tremendous and is keeping landfill crews very busy.
The next project at the landfill will be building a pad for the wood composting program. He conferred with Road and Bridge Supervisor Kerrie Cheney as to getting that department’s help in carving out the 125 foot square pad area and coordinating with dates H&K Asphalt will be available for supplying an asphalt covering. The pad will be where the metal pile used to be located.
Miller has been doing in-depth research on landfill costs and the commissioners have determined the need to raise the commercial tonnage fee for the first time in ten years. They passed a motion saying that as of October 1 the rate will be $31 per ton.
It was also decided that a couple of people will be hired specifically for baling the tires that have built up during this busy season. The baled tires can be used in numerous ways including creation of a base under landfill roads.
The next meeting of the Lemhi County Commissioners will be October 8 in the Commissioners room of the Brooklyn Annex.
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