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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — The Dunn County Solid Waste & Recycling Division is planning to auction off surplus equipment from the transfer station and the other collection sites around the county.
Morgan Gerk, director of DCSW&R, told the solid waste and recycling management board at the March 2 meeting that he is working on a list of items that will go up for auction through the state of Wisconsin.
The auctioneers will determine a value for the items, although Dunn County can set a base price for the bids, he said.
The Dunn County highway department is interested in the front-end loader located at the transfer station and possibly the Skid-steer as well. A forklift at the transfer station is mostly at the end of its useful life, Gerk said.
Any equipment transferred to the highway department would be completed through an inter-departmental transfer process that the county controls, said Keith Strey, Dunn County’s chief financial officer.
All of the equipment that is not bolted down will go to auction, although a decision has not yet been made as to whether the balers will go for auction or will go with the building, Gerk said.
As for the collection sites around the county, one compactor remains that must be sold as well as five multi-compartmental boxes, Gerk said.
The office, the outhouse, a shed and dog house will be removed from the Ridgeland site as soon as the weather permits, and ownership of the land will revert back to the landowner who donated use of the site to Dunn County, he said.
Terry Stamm, a trustee on the Elk Mound Village Board and a member of the solid waste and recycling management board, asked where people would be able to view the items that Dunn County would be putting up for auction.
The items will be listed on a state website, although no details are available yet, Gerk said.
When the items are ready to go up for auction, Gerk said he would launch a communication campaign to let the public know about the auction.
Money from the auction and from the sale of the equipment to the municipalities could go toward paying back the $330,000 loan to the solid waste and recycling division in 2020 from the county’s general fund.
Dunn County ceased operating the solid waste and recycling program as of January 1, and municipalities in the county began operating their own programs.
An appraisal of the transfer station was completed in February, and a commercial building inspector was expected to assess the site March 4, Gerk said.
The commercial inspection will be an added tool to asses the ultimate value of the site and will include the interior, exterior, roofing, plumbing, HVAC system and electrical, he said.
Dunn County has received several letters of interest from businesses and from UW-Stout about either leasing the transfer station or purchasing it from the county.
Gerk noted that a final load of electronics remains to be shipped from the transfer station.
Nonferrous metals and batteries remaining at the site also will have to be sorted and shipped, and about a thousand pounds of household hazardous waste must be disposed of as well, he said.
The hazardous household waste includes paints, solvents and other chemicals collected and removed from the tipping floor at the transfer station that were either intentionally or unintentionally disposed of with household trash, Gerk said.
Following the open session of the meeting, the Dunn County Solid Waste & Recycling Management Board met in closed session to formulate a recommendation to the Dunn County Board concerning the value of the transfer station and to discuss negotiation strategy for a potential sale of the site.