A new transfer station building could be on the way for Marion County, but not before deliberate planning considering multiple options is completed.
Director of Household Hazardous Waste Bud Druse told commissioners Monday that Bruce Boettcher and Tom Arpin with BG Consultants would be at next week’s meeting to discuss building plans.
Chairman Randy Dallke wasn’t opposed to the idea, but expressed concerns about rushing the process.
“I just want to try to do it to the best of our capabilities,” Dallke said. “Good old common sense sometimes doesn’t work.”
Commissioner Lori Lalouette agreed.
“We definitely want to look at other stuff,” Lalouette said.
Commissioner Dan Holub had a different concern than Dallke.
Holub told Druse that he wouldn’t mind a new building, as long as all of the departments were in the same building.
“I want to make sure everything is together and is as efficient as possible,” Holub said. “It’s all gotta be there. I don’t want to be running all over town.”
Druse agreed with Holub, and said the plan was to have everything together.
“This is for everything to go in one area,” Druse said. “It’s one of those deals where it’s going to be a package deal.”
While commissioners agreed to discuss the new building, Dallke said they didn’t want to jump in without researching their options.
“I want some feedback before we go too far,” Dallke said. “I just want to make sure we get a good feel for this before we build something that’s a cement nightmare.”
In an interview Tuesday, Druse said he is looking forward to the process, but that they are only at the beginning.
“This is just the starting phase,” Druse said Tuesday. “Hopefully we can continue it, cause you gotta start sometime and it takes a while to get buildings built. It’s not just an overnight thing, it takes some time.”
In other business:
- Emma Tajchman of Marion was announced as the new county planning and zoning director. Tajchman, who has experience in planning and zoning, will replace Tonya Richards, who resigned at the beginning of March. Geary County sanitarian and environmental health director Lisa Davies will act in the position until Tajchman begins full-time.