New landfill pact to boost county funds

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

The Trimble Banner

A new contract expected to bring more business to Valley View Landfill should be good news for Trimble County’s general fund.

Fiscal Court voted to OK the deal at it’s June meeting. In a phone interview Tuesday, Judge-Executive Randy Stevens said the contract is being finalized between Republic Services, which manages the landfill, and one of its contract companies to haul waste here from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky market. Stevens said the new contract should help bring revenue from the landfill back to previous levels. Revenue dropped off this past year with the loss of one of the facility’s waste-stream contracts from the Louisville, Ky., area.

At its peak, the county’s portion of revenue from the landfill reached just over $1 million. This year, revenue topped out at $720,000, Stevens said. The new contract could generate from $180,000 to $300,000 annually.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Stevens said, but added it’s unclear when the new  revenue will start flowing into county coffers.

“It may be within a matter of weeks, or it may be within a matter of months,” he said. As the new business ramps up at the landfill, he said he will monitor monthly revenue reports. He hopes to review of the county’s 2009-10 budget for possible amendments or adjustments in November based on the revenue increase, and bring them before Fiscal Court for a vote in December.

Stevens said he hopes the county could reinstate funding that had been cut from various entities, including the Trimble County Park Board and the Milton and Bedford volunteer fire departments.

He said he’d also like to provide raises for county employees, which were not included in the current budget, which was effective July 1.

“We’ll see if we can thank these folks for their patience and give them more of what is expected,” he said.

Marcus Groff, division manager at Valley View, could not be reached by press time Tuesday for comment on what the contract will mean for the company and the county.