County transfer station in need of repairs

The suspended floor above the area where trash is collected is no longer flushed with the lower level. In addition to the concrete being gnawed away, rebar and deep cracks are also visible on the suspended floor, which could create a safety hazard in the not-so-distant future.
The suspended floor above the area where trash is collected is no longer flushed with the lower level. In addition to the concrete being gnawed away, rebar and deep cracks are also visible on the suspended floor, which could create a safety hazard in the not-so-distant future.
The Marion County Commission discussed the structural integrity of the floor at the trans­fer station, 320 W. Santa Fe, Marion at its meeting May 8.

Bud Druse, director of the facility, said the floor needs replacing and the roof is leaking. The cost to repair the floor, he said, would be about $278,000, but no bids on the roof are available.

“The leaking is news to me,” said Commission Chairman Randy Dallke.

Druse said that ever since he arrived in 2015, there’s been a leak.

Commissioner Kent Becker said he asked Joe Vinduska, employed at the transfer station, to give him a tour.

“(Vinduska) showed me what the problems were and some actual flexing that might be going on with heavier trucks coming in,” he said.

Dallke said his concern is that someday the floor will take too much “flexing” and give out.

Possible solution

One solution Davey Hett of Hett Construction has come up with, Dallke said, is to fill in underneath the floor and drive area.

“After doing that, Hett can then rip the floor out and pour a new floor,” Dallke said.

Druse said it would be a flowable fill of 8-9 inches. Once the fill is in, holes would be drilled and the old floor would be broken out before pouring a new floor.

As a precaution, Druse said everyone dumping materials and other trash needs to stay east and nobody is allowed to get close to the pit, which was permitted before.

Dallke said when the transfer station floor was built, the concrete was flushed even to the pit below it. But, in the past few years, about 5-8 inches of the concrete has worn off with more wearing away.

The reinforcing bar is sticking out.

“The floor does flex and you can’t keep a suspended floor from not flexing,” Becker said.

Dallke said that when this was designed, the overhang was enough that the trash was dumped into the trucks below.

Contingency plans

Becker voiced a concern to Druse: “What happens if the floor goes completely?”

Druse said one option could dumping solid waste at the county’s south shop or leasing or purchasing an airdome.

Dallke said his concern would be keeping the trash away from the sides of the dome.

“We could build a blacktop pad to contain juices from the trash,” Druse said.

Another option could be that all the cities in Marion County would be required to haul their trash to McPherson or Butler counties.

“We would need permission from KDHE to do that, because right now only Marion County is able to haul trash from here to the landfill,” Druse said.

County Counselor Susan Robson suggested the issue be put on hold until the strategic planning meeting May 18, when a more permanent solution could be discussed.

Druse said something to seal around the bottom of the transfer station is necessary. With any temporary solution, a pit would be made to pump the seep­age out.

“Right now everything we have (trash seepage) is going into the Marion (city) sewer system and is no longer being pumped out,” he said.

Recycling a good option

Recycling is one option all Marion County resident can do to help lessen the amount of trash being hauled to the landfill, Dallke said.

“Recycling continues to be a viable option. and single stream is the only way to for recycling trash,” he said.

For more information about recycling, residents should call their city office.

Countywide recycling locations include Goessel, Durham, Florence, Centre High School, Tampa, Burns and Marion. Hillsboro offers its own recycling program.