EATON — A much-discussed new administration and maintenance facility at the Preble County Landfill will become a reality by spring 2017.
The public is invited to a special event planned for Monday, Oct. 24, to celebrate a ground breaking for the building.
The event will begin at 1:30 p.m., at the Preble County Sanitary Landfill.
According to official plans, with 2,400 square feet of office space, the new building will house both the landfill and Solid Waste District staff. There will also be 2,880 square feet of indoor garage space for maintenance of the landfill’s equipment.
The building was designed under a contract with T&M Associates. The site work is being performed by C.G. Construction and the building contractor is Arcon Builders. According to Sanitary Engineer Robert Kohnen, the site work is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 1, while the building is planned for completion by mid-April 2017.
The Sanitary Landfill and Solid Waste District offers disposal and recycling services to the residents of Preble County and the surrounding communities. Originally opened in 1971, the landfill was operated by digging a trench and filling the open trench with municipal waste. The current operation is a state-of-the-art sanitary landfill fully permitted by the Ohio EPA.
“On average, we receive 47 to 50 loads of refuse from residents daily, along with four to eight truckloads of industrial solid waste delivered by commercial haulers like Rumpke or Waste Management,” Rodney Creech, Preble County Commission president, said in a recent press release. “We also provide recycling services to our residents for numerous household items such as paper, plastics and batteries to waste oil and paints.”
“The landfill is one the county’s largest assets. That being the case, we need to keep it an asset by proper management and operation. With the completion of this new building, we will bring together the County Sanitary Engineer, Landfill Operator and Solid Waste District staff under one roof,” said Commissioner Chris Day. “This will make our day-to-day operations more efficient by improving the communications within our team. “The new 80 foot scale will also improve our efficiency. We will now be able to scale an entire truck and improve the traffic flow, unlike our older smaller scale.”
“Owned by Preble County and managed by the county commissioners, the 400-plus-acre site will insure our children’s children a safe place to dispose of and recycle their everyday waste,” Commissioner Denise Robertson added.
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