by Larry Patrick
WALSENBURG- Residents of Huerfano County should be able to get rid of some bigger trash items locally beginning around March 1st of next year. The Huerfano County Commissioners signed the contract with Genova Construction for nearly $556,000. The price does not include the compactor that will be used on-site. The joint project of the County and City of Walsenburg came in higher than the $400,000 projected cost. County Administrator, John Galusha has contacted the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) about expanding their grant monies to help make up for the shortfall of $150,000.
The waste transfer station will allow residents, for a fee, to get rid of branches and some bigger items that current trash haulers will not take away on home and business pickup routes. Unfortunately, some residents are dumping old appliances and furniture in arroyos within the county. It is hoped that having a transfer station close by, that residents will take more pride in their county and communities. La Veta and Gardner are working on possible sites for items that can be taken to the transfer station in Walsenburg. The site will be located near the prison.