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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • MASWU seeks to build new landfill

  • A new McPherson County landfill is being planned directly across the street from an existing construction and demolition landfill at 1482 Pueblo Road.
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  • A new McPherson County landfill is being planned directly across the street from an existing construction and demolition landfill at 1482 Pueblo Road.
    John Hawk, general manager for the McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility, discussed the planning of an eight-section landfill during a county commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday.
    The landfill will be classified as a municipal household solid waste landfill, meaning the landfill will be comprised mostly of household trash.
    Rick Witte, county administrator, said a previous McPherson County household solid waste county landfill was closed in the mid 1990s. Since then, most household trash in the county has been taken to a landfill near Salina or to landfills in surrounding counties.
    Hawk said he started sending out bids in order to determine the cost of building the landfill. He said he hopes to start construction on the site in June.
    The site will have liners and collection pools, which will prevent the elements from taking trash away from the site.
    More details about the new landfill will be discussed at a MASWU annual meeting, which will be at 5:30 p.m. May 21 at Holiday Manor. The meeting will be free and open to the public.
    In other business:
    • Commissioners approved $13,320 for McPherson County Public Works to purchase 300 sign posts and 200 anchor bases.
    • Commissioners approved a six-month extension of a special-use case for a dog and cat boarding facility. The case was originally approved in early 2012, and was extended in order to grant more time to Kent Jansen to accommodate finances with his brother, who owns nearby surrounding land. County zoning regulations state that his planned facility must be at least 300 feet from an adjoining property line.
    • Commissioners appointed Brian Bina as assistant county councilor. John Klenda, current county counselor, will accept the role of Ninth Judicial District judge on July 1. Bina will help facilitate the transfer at no additional pay until commissioners select a permanent replacement.
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