With an odometer tally of roughly 150 miles round trip, the daily delivery of the city’s trash collections to the landfill in Macon is a costly part of doing business.
At the September 3rd meeting of the Memphis City Council, Superintendent Roy Monroe reported the possibility of creating a local transfer station that ultimately could reduce the number of trips to the landfill.
Monroe reported progress in meetings with representatives of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources regarding the possibility of the creation of a local transfer site, which possibly could be used to allow the city to utilize a higher capacity trailer or other type of hauler. The local collection truck would be emptied into this larger unit, which would require fewer trips to the landfill for the city’s trash truck.
“There are stipulations regarding 24-hour limits for trash being held in local containment after collection, so we are working with DNR to try to define what we can and cannot do under their guidelines,” Monroe reported.
The superintendent noted that variances to the guidelines may be approved by DNR.
One option discussed at the council meeting was the possibility of operating two trash trucks, collecting twice as much in one 24-hour period, that could be placed on a larger hauler at the transfer station. Ideally the city could continue its current five-day collection schedule, offloading the trash truck to a larger hauler at the transfer site, with that hauler only having to travel to the landfill once or twice a week.
“Right now it is unclear if that would meet DNR guidelines,” said Monroe. “We’re going to try to meet with some of the officials to get a better understanding of what options we would have with a DNR-approved transfer site.”
With the estimated cost of replacing the city’s trash truck at approximately $200,000, the council is considering all options to prolong the life of these vehicles, which are currently racking up more than 600 miles a week in transports to the landfill. Cutting the number of trips to the landfill in half would save roughly 15,000 miles of wear and tear on the trucks, which could extend the life expectancy of the vehicles for several years that the city could better build funds for replacement.
In other business, Monroe reported an infestation of termites at the city’s street department shed. The council reviewed bids and approved pursuing pesticide treatment services at an approximate cost of $1,600.
Police chief Bill Holland reported his department has received grant funding that will pay 50% of the cost for replacing officers’ bullet-proof vests. Holland explained the vests have five-year expiration dates, and the current protection wear for his officers will be passing that date this year.
The council approved the purchase of three new vests at a cost of $1,659.90.
Holland also reported one of the department’s radar units is in need of replacement. He estimated the cost would be approximately $2,000. The department is going to review options for grant funds, with the possibility of including the equipment item in a current grant application for equipping the newest police department truck with radio and electronic equipment.
The council authorized the continuation of the vehicle replacement schedule for the department. The MPD has purchased a new truck each of the past two years to replace outdated squad cars. 2015 will be the final year of the initial process, with the last car to be replaced with a new truck. In 2016 the city will begin trading or selling the three-year old truck to be replaced with another new vehicle, to keep a rotation in place with newer vehicles that remain under warranty and have no maintenance costs.
Holland reported preliminary trade-in and resale figures for the departments two current vehicles, a 2013 Ford and a 2014 Dodge, both have the existing police department vehicles maintaining values close to their purchase prices, which are lower than traditional rates due to the municipal and law enforcement fleet rate bids offered by dealers.
Alderman Tom Glass reported the Solid Waste Management District board had approved the city’s request for a variance to the 2015 recycling grant.
The board agreed to allow the city to reallocate a portion of the approved funds to allow for the purchase of a forklift to be used for moving and loading card board bales. The project had allocated funds for the purchase of card board balers and the city had been able to purchase two used units at a lower cost, resulting in enough remaining grant funds to purchase the needed forklift.