Proposal may close landfill on Sundays

Moffat County is searching for a new way to streamline the operation of its landfill.

The Moffat County Commissioners have directed landfill manager Eric Johnson to create a proposal that will cover hours and days of operation, and staffing.

The proposal will have the landfill open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The plan will also outline a work schedule for three employees, instead of the four workers that now operate the landfill.

The landfill is currently open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

The present work schedule with four employees has the landfill overstaffed one to two days a week, Johnson said.

The commissioners have scheduled a public meeting for the Feb. 25 board meeting to collect public input on closing the landfill on Sundays.

Input by phone, e-mail and mail is also being collected by the county until that meeting.

After the proposal Feb. 25, the plan will probably be implemented on or around April 1.

According to Moffat County Commissioner T. Wright Dickinson, the transition from four employees to three will be done by reassignment or attrition, which is not filling a position that has been vacated.

"We want to retain our employees. If they want to stay with the county, we will work with them to give them a slot," he said. "I don't think we can justify the overlap of shifts. We are trying to run the landfill as efficiently as possible."

According to Johnson, the landfill staff could be reduced by attrition in the near future. One of the landfill employee's recently applied for a job in the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department that is presently open.

Johnson will be looking at several options for the reorganization, including making the fourth position a part-time position. He will present the final proposal, plus workable options, at the Feb. 25 meeting.

"We need to look at expenses, revenue and customer service," Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton said. "We'll have a six-month review after the changes are made to look at the effect on the landfill what the results have been, the impact to the county, and if we see any benefits."

In other business, the board:

Authorized the Airport Advisory Committee to submit an application for the state apportionment of the FAA airport lighting system grant. The funds would cover new lights, wiring, regulators, vault, housing and moving an airport beacon. The grant would total $389,000, including a $39,000 match from the county.

Awarded the contract for Phase 2 of the Moffat County Fire Plan to Jim Webb. The county will pay Webb up to $75,000 to complete the survey, organization and fire management designation of public and private properties in the area from Dinosaur National Monument to the White River, and from the Utah/Colorado border to Sunbeam.

Passed a resolution that joined the county to The Memorial Hospital in a lease financing agreement for new software. The new software and necessary hardware upgrades will cost $787,000. The debt will be covered in a 5-year agreement that requires quarterly payments, with an interest rate of 4.5 percent.

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