Talking trash in Hope
Hope — The Hope Board of Selectmen has been discussing the possibility of opting out of an interlocal agreement with Mid-Coast Solid Waste in Rockport and instead having citizens utilize the Tri County Solid Waste facility in Union.
The move could possibly save the town 40 percent, according to Town Administrator Jon Duke.
At the June 26 selectmen's meeting, Jim Annis, Hope's representative on the Mid-Coast Solid Waste Board of Directors, spoke to the Board of Selectmen about future costs.
The board suggested an investigation into whether the town should continue using the Rockport facility and what the costs would be to opt out.
"It's really nothing more than fact finding — how much to get out. No one is eager or chomping at the bit," Duke said.
Jim Guerra, who is director of both the Rockport and Union facilities, spoke with the board at its July 24 meeting.
Duke said after looking at rough figures, it appears if the town left Mid-Coast Solid Waste and joined Tri-County Solid Waste, it would cost 40 percent less. In addition, the cost of the bags are 25 cents cheaper at $1.25 per bag. However, the cost of demolition would be more at the Union facility, he said.
The issue, Duke said, is the town has an interlocal agreement with Rockport, Camden, and Lincolnville. As part of the agreement, towns may choose to leave but must pay debts and liabilities. Currently, he said, the amount the corporation has in debts is small so the cost to end the agreement would be about $9,000.
Another issue is whether the town would have to share in perpetual costs of treatment of the water in the quarry at the Rockport facility since the town's trash remains there. That question is up for debate, he said.
"If it's $9,000 and only $9,000, the economics are in favor of leaving," Duke said.
At this point, the town is only in the investigation stage and no votes have been taken, he said.
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