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To avoid any possible legalities regarding confusion in the publishing of a legal regarding a meeting held Friday night, the matter of a proposed waste transfer station was tabled for 30 days.
Despite assurances by State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison that the meeting was valid, as the legal mentioned the matter would be handled at the next county board meeting, those gathering at the meeting opposing the transfer station maintained the date was incorrect in the legal published in the Leader-Union.
At the meeting, Tony Koberlein, of St. Elmo, expressed his support for the station during the public comments section.
Peggy Washburn, who lives near the site of the proposed transfer station, again reiterated her, and the group she represents, opposition to the station, questioning the necessity for the station, as well as the necessary paperwork supplied. During her oration, Washburn mentioned that Altamont has a transfer station just south of the village, and that the Effingham landfill was granted an extension for operation.
Chris Sutter, owner of Countryside Disposal, and proposed owner of the transfer station, next addressed the board, and thanked Washburn for her concerns.
Sutter brought records dating back to 2018, showing the amount Sutter paid for using the Effingham County transfer station. During 2020, Sutter explained, costs rose $17/ton, or a 27 percent increase.
“If I can build a transfer station, anyone that comes to the Fayette County Facility, which they will, will save money,” Sutter said. The savings accrued, Sutter said, would come back to Fayette County.
Sutter went on to explain that the county board can set regulations, charging Sutter a tipping fee that would result in $10,000 or more a year in revenue to the county. At the max rate that would increase in a few years, the county would net $38,000 from the facility. All of this time, Sutter said, there would not be a rate increase.
“I can tell you right now, I have not taken any rate increases in the last two years, but by this third year coming up, I will have to, and there is not one of them who will be willing to pay that higher rate. They will be burning their trash or throwing it back out,” Sutter said.
Waggoner explained during the meeting that night’s meeting was to just approve the placing of the transfer station at the proposed location, and not approving the station itself. She said the actual public hearing on the landfill would be scheduled within the appropriate timeframe.
After both sides spoke, when it came down to a vote, those who gathered in opposition questioned the verbiage of the motion to approve the EPA certification of siting, and the question of the incorrect date listed on the legal, County Board Member Merrell Collins proposed tabling the issue for 30 days while all of the confusion was cleared. Sutter said he could wait 30 days.
In other business, the board:
• heard from Collins that the new Animal Control building is finished. He said the first residents came in earlier this week and that he would like to hold an open house at some time in the near future;
• reappointed Andrew Drewes as a trustee for the St. Peter Fire Protection District for a term of three years;
• approved the low bid of $361,840.75 for a bridge replacement two and a half miles southeast of Augsburg, on 1400 Street in Wilberton Township;
• approved a preliminary engineering agreement with Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick of Springfield to replace culverts on County Highways 1, 14 and 26;
• approved the resignations of Dr. Dawn McDaid, Sandra Albright and Kris Luster from the Fayette County Board of Health;
• approve changing the county’s broker of record from Jamie Simmons of Dimond Brothers to Pat Click with McKeller Robertson McCarty and Click, Inc.
* Heard a proposal from Clear Wave Fiber Advantage for supplying Internet to the courthouse as well as replacing the county’s phone system. The transfer would reportedly save the county just less than $29,000. The matter was tabled;
• received a written report from Sheriff Chris Palmer that included 1,131 incidents handled by deputies, 179 citations issued, and $29,104 revenue from the housing of federal inmates;
• amended an ordinance amending the Animal Control budget for equipment and vehicle maintenance. Collins said this was not a budget increase;
• approve claims and board member’s pay for the past month.