Moving waste, taking care of garbage and transferring recyclables are all actions that take place every day at the Lower Valley transfer station near Granger, however the one thing that shouldn't be moving at the facility has been doing just that.
"If you look at our scale house and scale facility you will see it is moving," said Wendy Mifflin, Yakima County solid waste manager.
Mifflin said the county recently completed a borehole drilling project at the transfer station in order to see exactly what type of soil was located under the two structures. The answer, was garbage.
"We hit garbage," Mifflin said. "A 12-foot lift of garbage."
Mifflin said repairs are planned for the Lower Valley transfer station and should take place sometime this year. She explained that the repairs were planned for last year and were therefore incorporated into the 2004 budget.
Mifflin said at this point she is unsure if the repairs will mean that transfer station patrons will have to be rerouted to other facilities while construction is taking place, but she said when the time comes the public will be given plenty of notice.
The Lower Valley transfer station was just one county facility where drilling recently took place. Mifflin said borehole drilling also took place at Cheyne landfill, in preparation for the upcoming expansion of the facility.
Mifflin said Cheyne landfill near Zillah is the county's long term facility for all of Yakima County's waste. She said she is hoping to have the expansion project approved by 2006.
. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org