Record number of visitors at Pottawatomie County Landfill

By The Mercury

Free Day at the Pottawatomie County Landfill was a record-breaker.

Scott Schwinn told county commissioners Monday that 477 vehicles passed the landfill scales during the 2012 event April 7, eclipsing the previous high of 443.

“I don’t know if we can handle any more than that,” Schwinn said. “It was constant the whole day.”

A total of 156 tons of material were brought to the landfill that day, including nearly 1,100 passenger tires, 99 semi tires and 24 tractor tires, 325 gallons of oil, 600 pounds of batteries, seven pallets of E-waste (electronics), 16 barrels of paint, 13.5 tons of metal and 15 tons of construction debris.

“We had 23 people working, and we needed every one of them,” Schwinn said. “Everybody did a wonderful job of taking care of stuff. We had rain right off the bat, but it didn’t slow anybody down.”

Schwinn also said about 95 percent of the loads were tarped, as required, and there was no debris found in nearby ditches after the event.

In other business Monday:

• Lois Schlegel, county appraiser, reported 57 property sales for the month of March — a 51 percent increase over last year and a 36 percent increase over the average the past three years.

“We’ve got a good number this month, and I’m very pleased to see that,” Schlegel said. “Hopefully, its indicative of what’s going to happen.”

• Gretchen Suarez-Pena, assistant public works director, reviewed plans for potential asphalt sealing and overlay projects this summer.

Potential projects include four miles of Wheaton Road, from Hartwich Road to Godlove Road; Vineyard Road north to Gillaspie Road; and Guadelupe Lane, Westerly Heights and Deer Creek Road in rural subdivisions.

Asphalt work in subdivisions is paid for either by the developer or landowners, she said.

The public works department is also planning chip seal projects on 30.1 miles of roadway in the county and in communities, she said.

• Sherri Schuck and Andrea Karnes reported the following year-to-date case filings by the county attorney’s office in 2012: 99 criminal, 156 traffic, 57 juvenile offender, 12 child in need of care, two fish and game, and five care and treatment.

“We’re up just a little from last year, overall,” Karnes told commissioners.

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