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8 The Lovell Chronicle August 6, 2015 Recycling co BY DAVID PECK Members of the Rose City Recycling Commit- tee took their case for a formal, town-operated re- cycling program to the public Tuesday night, out- lining possibilities and plans during a public fo- rum at the Lovell Commu- nity Center. Committee members Christy Fleming, Celecia Gallagher and Danielle Peck explained the project to the public. Fleming first explained the history of the program, noting that a former North Big Horn Hospital employ- ee (Del Weinhold) coordi- nated with Fleming to take the hospital and National Park Service internal pro- grams to the general public in 2008. A multi-bin trail- er was placed at the Red Apple Supermarket, with Fleming and the National Park Service coordinating and absorbing most of the expenses of the program. Fleming noted that the program has grown from sending 30,000 pounds of material to Powell Val- ley Recycling in 2008 to more than 124,000 pounds in 2013 and even more by now, adding a cardboard trailer in 2010. The trail— ers are currently tak- en three times per week now (two cardboard trip, one multi-bin), and volun- teers include the Park Ser- vice, Forest Service, Town of Lovell, American Col- loid, Bairco and several individuals. “The community has shown a need and a want for this program,” Fleming said, “but the Park Service can no longer maintain the program. We don’t have the funding to do it.” The Park Service has purchased both of the trail- ers that are in use, parked at the Red Apple Super- market, and if the commu- nity comes up with a plan, the trailers can continue to be used, Fleming said. But if there is no plan to move forward, the Park Service will remove the trailers. around Jan. 1, 2016, she said, adding that she be- lieves the town can make the program even better than it is now. Gallagher said surveys show generally strong sup- port for recycling, though some questions about fund- ing remain, and Peck out- lined the three plans the recycling committee has come up with, two of which involve the town hiring a part-time employee at 20 hours per week, the third an employee for 12 hours per week. Plan One (tak- ing all material to Powell) would cost; $21,250, Plan Two (town purChasing and operating a cardboard bal- er) $27,000 plus electric- ity in the first year and $17,000 plus power annu- ally after that, and Plan Three (volunteer based) $12,750 per year. The committee is sug- gesting a $1.50 month- ly charge on utility bills to cover the cost of the mmittee makes its case DAVID PECK Christy Fleming makes a point as fellow Rose City Recycling committee members Celecia Gallagher, left, and Danielle Peck listen during Tuesday night’s public forum at the Lovell Community Center. program. The recycling trio not- ed that it is difficult for re- cycling programs to pay for themselves, especially in small communities. Flem- ing noted that the commit- tee receives only $75 per year from aluminum. Keith Grant asked if the committee could co- ordinate with Big Horn County Solid Waste to ship material to the south coun- ty transfer station, where there will be a cardboard baler. That could be an option in the future, Peck said, but the committee is facing a Jan. 1 deadline. Several at the meet- ing asked about the cost to the town if the recycling program goes away, and Councilman Scott Allred noted that the various town departments — water, sewer and garbage — oper- ate with enterprise funds designed, by state law, to cover the cost of the ser- vices. He said the town has absorbed two or three in— creases by the county sol- id waste district, but if the material now being recy- cled is dumped back into the town garbage program, that cost would likely be passed on to customers. “Understand that if we don’t do this the trail- ers disappear,” he said, and Bob Mangus suggest- ed that the increase to util- ity customers may be more than the suggested $1.50 per month. “One way or another, we’re going to have to pay for it,” Allred added. The problem with gov- ernment fees is that they tend to increase over time, Bernie DuMonthier said. Such programs are usu- ally underestimated, he said, and before long citi- zens will be paying $2 per month, then $2.50. BHC School District No. 1 Board, 2nd Tuesday, board room, 7 p.m. BHC School District No. 2 Board (Lovell), 2nd Monday, board room, 7 p.m. BHC Treasurer at County Annex, Is! and 3rd Thursday each month, am. ~ 1 p.m. Big Horn Basin chapter ofGold Prospec- tors Association of America, Skyline Cafe in Powell, 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m., 754-5921. Big Horn County 4—H Leader’s Council, 1:15 Monday, Extension Office on Hwy. 310, 6:30 p.m. Big Horn County Weed and Pest monthly board meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., W&P office at 4782 Hwy. 310, Greybull. Byron Lions Club, 548-7543. Cancer Support Group, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m., NHCC multi-purpose room. Community Garden Club, 2nd Thursday, Big Horn Federal, 7 p.m. Cowley Riding Club, 3rd Monday, 7 p.m., 307-664-2235. Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce gen- eral membership meeting, 3rd Monday, noon, place tba. Lovell Bulldog Booster Club, 3rd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hospital- ity Room, 7 pm. Friends of the Library, 2nd Wednesday, Lovell Library, 5:00 p.m. Contact Linda Mangus, 5482031. Lovell Library Family History Time, every Monday, 14 p.m. Lovell Library Story Time, every Tuesday, 10:30 am. 9 mm FDIC Insured Community Calendar CLUB and BOARD MEETINGS Lovell Riders, Inc. meeting, lst Friday, 7 p.m., call 548-9918 for location. Lovell Town Council, 2nd Tuesday, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Lovell Woman’s Club, 2nd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hospitality Room. 1 pm. Contact Deanna Wagner, 548-7793. North Big Horn County Health Coalition. 3rd Tuesday, noon, rotating locations, 548-6410. North Big Horn Hospital Hometown , ‘ Healthy Living, lsl‘ Tuesday, 7-10 a.m., at NBHH. Ostomy Support Group meeting. 2nd Tuesday, 6 8 p.m., North Fork room, West Park Hospital in Cody- Pindroppers Quilt Club, check Mayes Fabric for details. TOPS WY169, every Thursday, St. John’s Episcopal Church basement in Powell, 6 p.m. 664—2394 TOPS Wyo 318, every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., New Horizons Care Center, ' Tri-Mo‘untain View Masonic Lodge, 2nd Thursday, dinner 6:30 p.m., lodge meet ing 7:30 p.m. - WyDOT Driver Licensing Facility open in Lovell every Tuesday, 9:30 am. to 4 p.m. Call the Lovell Chronicle at 548-2217 to list your club‘ here. Federal \‘2 “I recycle. I’m not against recycling,” he said, “but I’m on a fixed income.” Asked about a private company handling the pro- gram, Allred said, “I’m a capitalist. If it was profit- able, someone would do it. I’d go after it. But our pop- ulation base is so small. There’s not enough busi- ness with the cost of truck- ing and collecting.” When it was mentioned that Billings has free dumping at the landfill, Grant said that’s because Billings citizens approved a solid waste district, whereas a district was vot- ed down in Big Horn Coun- ty and people must, thus, “pay at the gate.” Allred noted that the current volunteers have done such a good job that “we didn’t even have to think about it,” but now the community has to think about how to contin- ue the program. He said Tuesday’s forum was de- signed to “spur conversa- tion in the community.” Fleming said it takes quite a lot of time to man- age the program, and even when the program is run- ning at full steam and trailers taken to Powell three times a week, the bins are overflowing and “it’s still a mess.” The committee was asked about reaching out into the community for groups to continue the pro- gram, but Peck pointed out that efforts in the past to seek more committee members have produced few volunteers. Jim Minchow noted that recycling cardboard from Minchow’s Service and Minchow’s Food Court has saved his company about $400 per month. Jerry Warman sug- gested that the council couldn’t go wrong with try- ing the program with a fee of $1.50 per month, which would allow the program to continue in its pres- ent form, and as the land- fill situation changes with transfer stations and the like, the program can be re-evaluated. Peck asked what the V next step should be, and Mary Matthews suggested that the committee speak with volunteer groups like the Scouts and with the schools once school re- sumes in the fall. Allred noted that gathering the material isn’t the huge is- sue, but transporting it is. Allred noted that being green costs money, but he said it’s a matter of “pay me now or pay me later,” adding that any landfill has a finite life that would be extended with recycling. Fleming said her wor- ry is that, if landfill fees increase and there’s no re— cycling program, more and more people will dump on public lands. She said she realizes that people don’t make a lot of money living in Big Horn County, but they live here because they value public land and pub- lic spaces. She said recy- cling helps preserve those places. Grant said education is the key. He said Coun- ty Treasurer Becky Lind- sey told him that she and her husband recycle dili- gently and now are down to 10 gallons of garbage per month. 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