by Ron Gregory
RACINE — The Concerned Citizens of Boone County (CCBC) has set a public meeting for 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 16, at the Racine Volunteer Fire Department.
The CCBC has been working for several weeks to develop an alternative plan for operation of Boone County’s trash transfer stations. A formal organization was formed last week.
The group’s originial membership will be available February 16 to discuss the current situation regarding the transfer stations. The Boone County Commission, citing diminished tax revenues, applied for a 120-day closure permit that would have halted operations at the stations on January 30.
However, due in large part to the efforts of the CCBC, the state Public Service Commission halted the planned closure and the stations remain in operation. A hearing on the matter will be held in Madison in March. A final decision regarding the closure is expected by the PSC in May.
In the meantime, the CCBC is working to locate private companies or other resources to keep the stations open. They cite a fear that citizens may begin dumping garbage on back roads and in hollows if the transfer stations are not open.
The County Commission has expressed support for the CCBC’s efforts, although the membership has been skeptical of the prospects for success. Commissioners say they exhausted every possible alternative before applying for the closure permit.
Negotiations with at least one refuge company have recently been unsuccessful. The County Commission has said citizens can sign up for garbage disposal with Waste Management as an alternative to the transfer stations.
Madison Mayor Sonny Howell initially chaired CCBC meetings and was a leader in objecting to the planned closure before the CCBC. He has been supported by the other mayors in the county as well as several citizens who joined the CCBC.
The public is invited to attend next week’s meeting to learn more about the group, its goals and purposes.