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Hazardous waste facility in works for city

Date: 6/29/2010

Posted by City of Garden City (electric/water/sewer) on 6/30/2010

The Garden City Telegram-  June 29, 2010 By SHAJIA AHMAD sahmad@gctelegram.com 

Garden City is one step closer to a new hazardous waste facility, thanks to a Kansas Department of Health and Environment grant to help fund the project.


City commissioners who met during a special meeting Monday accepted a $138,000 KDHE grant to fund the construction of a storage and recycling facility a the site of the old animal shelter, 206 Isabel Ave., a facility they hope to have open and running by the beginning of 2011, public works officials said.


The grant will cover the renovation of the building into the storage and recycling facility and training for public works employees, according to Stephen Jones, a city stormwater coordinator.


The city’s cost of the project, which will allow residents to dispose of hazardous household products such as cleaners, used oil, paint, fertilizers, pesticides and other materials, is about $92,000.


The materials collected at the soon-to-be facility either will be recycled if they can be reused or hauled away by an outside company, Jones said.


Currently, Jones said, he suspected individuals are dumping hazardous materials in their trash,


“We get a lot of calls (about where to dump hazardous waste), and the best answer I can give folks is to open up their paint cans, let it dry out, and then dump it in the trash,”  he said.


Jones said residents more than likely will be able to dispose hazardous materials at the new facility for free. Disposal of e-waste such as computers, televisions and other electronic items also will be free, Jones said.


E-waste currently is accepted for disposal at no charge at the recycling center, 125 J C St.


In other businesses, city commissioners approved an offer from the Federal Aviation Administration for a $1.65 million grant to finish improvements to the primary taxiway at Garden City Regional Airport.


Airport official hope the last phase of a taxiway improvement project will help better accommodate the airport’s current needs, as well as plan for the future, according to Rachelled Powell, director of aviation.


The fourth phase of the reconstruction project—improvements have been made to the taxiway since 2005—involves thickening the concrete taxiway and widening it from 35 feet to 50 feet.


Under federal policy, the FAA shoulders 95 percent of the project’s cost. The city’s portion is about $82,600.


The construction contract was bid to Kingman-based Klaver Construction Inc., and may begin in August and be complete as soon as November, according to Powell.


Since 2004, the city has spent about $363,200 on improvements to the airport’s primary taxiway. About $6.9 million has come from FAA funds, according to Powell.