Daviess County Fiscal Court has approved a contract with HDR for a master plan on the Grimes Avenue Transfer Station.
“When the Transfer Station opened nearly 30 years ago, it was designed and operated originally for trash trucks only, there were no individuals coming in or CD&D (Construction, Demolition, & Debris),” explained David Smith, Director of Legislative Services.
The Transfer Station accepted 8,000 tons of trash in October 1998, compared with more than 13,000 tons in October 2021.
“While the tonnage is up 5 percent, the actual number of trips across the scale has increased 10 percent,” Smith added. “And there’s only been one change in the last 30 years…the scale house move.”
Fiscal Court is seeking to improve the flow of truck traffic and improve safety at the facility. Also, the Convenience Center that accepts small loads of solid waste and recycling items is too small.
“Before we try to solve those issues ourselves, we wanted to make sure that we weren’t going to create other problems,” Smith said. “This is a plan that looks 10-15 years in the future.”