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Transfer station to offer 5-year contracts
BRODHEAD - It's deja vu. The Green County transfer station is ready to move on distributing its proposed partnership contracts, this time for five years, to local communities, but the City of Monroe is still a questionable factor in the whole scheme of the operation.

The Green County Solid Waste Management Committee passed a motion Thursday to offer five-year contracts, effective January 2015. The contractual timeframe is a return to its historical timeframe, after the committee offered only one-year contracts for 2013 and 2014.

But Monroe is still debating whether the local county transfer station is its best option for trash disposal.

One-year contracts had been used as an effort to allow the transfer station time to adjust its budgets, after losing a significant portion of its collection to a private hauler in late 2011, and to give municipal partners time to consider alternatives to their own trash collection methods.

Members of the Solid Waste Management Committee also discussed the possible sale of the Janesville landfill. Green County contracts with Janesville to bring its collection of trash for disposal at that landfill. Janesville's request for proposals to buy its landfill ends May 23, and the city could reject all proposals.

Randy Thompson, Green County's transfer station supervisor, does not expect to know the outcome of Janesville's decision until early June.

Regardless of the outcome of Janesville's decision, SWM committee members see Green County still operating its transfer station, transporting its collection to the new owners of Janesville's landfill or to any number of end points in Wisconsin or Illinois.

Green County transfer station is asking partners to commit to a 5-year contract, because it is sandwiched between contractors wanting just as much, if not more, assurances in their contracts. Accepting long-term purchasing contracts gets better prices for everything from tire sales to tipping fees for the transfer station and, in turn, lower costs for its own partners.

Committee member Reid Stangel asked for the committee to meet with the City of Monroe Board of Public Works on June 16 to discuss the city's participation in the transfer station operation.

According to the committee chairman, Nate Klassy, the Monroe city administrator is concerned that the city doesn't have enough representation on the committee and is worried about the age of the transfer station equipment and replacement costs.

Costs for operating the station, above the tipping fee charged per load, are distributed among partners at a proportion relative to the percentage of trash each community contributes to the monthly total weight.

Of the 756 transfer station customers in April, 236 were from Monroe, 20 of which were directly from the city government. Of the 1.8 million pounds of trash dumped off at the station, 846,000 pounds were from the city.