Transfer station changes considered

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BUCKFIELD – Selectmen from Sumner and Buckfield met Tuesday night to discuss several changes that may make the Transfer Station more economical and help people find homes for unwanted items.

When holidays fall on a Monday the personnel at the station are inundated with trash on Tuesday because the Saturday trash has not been picked up.

This is becoming a serious problem, according to Buckfield Town Manager Glen Holmes. It is making a demand for additional staff to handle the overload because of people getting rid of their holiday trash. Holmes proposed the idea of changing the dump day from Tuesday to Wednesday.

The boards had no problem with this change, but it won’t be coming soon. Holmes will be preparing a flier to send out to the two towns that share the Transfer Station to prepare the residents for a change.

Also, the boards will be forming a committee to study and implement a Swap Shop. The Swap Shop would take over the 20-foot Dumpster that is presently housing the universal waste. With the completion of the new building at the site, the universal waste disposal will be fully ready by March 1, Holmes said.

The purpose of the Swap Shop is for people to dispose of usable items they no longer need, but may be useful to others. The schedule is to be worked out by the proposed committee. Anyone from Sumner or Buckfield wishing to serve on a committee to initiate and oversee the Swap Shop should contact Holmes at the Buckfield Town Office.

Judy Berg brought up the fact that when people compost, taxpayer funds are saved. Selectman Mark Silber from Sumner said every piece of garbage that can be composted takes that much weight from the Dumpsters as it is mostly water.

Bob Perry from the Streaked Mountain Woodcarvers and several of the club members presented a hand-carved plaque to the town as thanks for providing the club a meeting place. The Buckfield logo was carved by members of the club and portrays a scene of the Buckfield Church on the Hill and the Nezinscot River. Perry said the work took more than 100 hours.

Berg presented a draft of a petition the Water Task Force is preparing to send to U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and Rep. Michael Michaud. The town is left with no recourse but to petition their senators and congressman to help relieve them of the burden of the $1.224 million debt incurred through loans to satisfy the Clean Water Act. Berg is also working on getting a matching grant to investigate installing in wells.

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