Colusa County approves Maxwell Transfer Station improvements
The Colusa County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve a proposal by Recology Butte Colusa Counties for improvements to the Maxwell Transfer Station.
Recology Butte Colusa Counties offered $1.5 million for renovations to the Maxwell site. Among the improvements mentioned were providing power and running water to the transfer station.
The proposal also includes adding fencing, employee parking and a new office. The office would include a bathroom with real toilets to replace the portable ones.
The proposal will also expand services and require mandatory residential service in unincorporated areas of Arbuckle, College City, Grimes, Maxwell and Princeton, as well as a sphere of influence areas around Williams and Colusa.
There will be a 5 percent rate reduction for all residential rates implemented immediately, and an additional $1 per month discount on 32 gallon service for seniors. Curbside recycling will be extended to Arbuckle, Maxwell, College City, Grimes and Princeton, and three-cart service will be provided to immediate areas around Williams and Colusa.
Supervisor Mark Marshall was the first to voice his support for the proposal.
"Certainly, I'm a proponent of this. I was here when Recology first came to Colusa County, which was precipitated by our relationship with the previous provider," said Marshall.
And while Marshall cited problems with the previous solid waste removal provider, he said that "with Recology, any time they've had service issues, they've responded and addressed the issues very quickly."
"Any time we have needed something, you guys have come to the table," Supervisor Kim Vann later said.
"I agree with all the comments. You guys have always been there when we needed your help." Supervisor Tom Indrieri said, echoing Vann's and Marshall's sentiments.
Supervisor Gary Evans expressed concern about where the funding would come from if the improvements ran over the alloted budget but was assured that all of the improvements could be made with the $1.5 million being provided by Recology Butte Colusa Counties.
"We know that we will be able to make those improvements on the $1.5 million budget. That estimate is actually on the heavy side," said Recology Butte Colusa Counties manager Carl Peters.