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Posted on: December 11, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - SOLID WASTE TRANSFER STATION

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“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

The Solid Waste Transfer Station provides efficient and safe handling of solid waste from Columbus and the surrounding area. This facility allows collection vehicles, contractors, and residents to dispose of their Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). All MSW received at the facility is loaded into transfer trailers and taken to the Northeast Nebraska Solid Waste Coalition Landfill, in Clarkson, NEebraska

 DEPARTMENT: Solid Waste Transfer Station

 DEPARTMENT HEAD: Chuck Sliva

 (Interview conducted in September 2023)

 Q: How many people are in your department?

A: We have 10 staff members.

 Q: How long have you been head of your department? 

A: Six years

Q: How do you think things went for your department in fiscal year 2022-2023? 

A: Things have gone well.

Q: What were at least two of your department’s biggest accomplishments in the last fiscal year ?

A: 1, Two New solid waste trailers, safer more secure loads. 2, Getting caught up on most equipment service work making safer operations.

Q: What are some of the problems your department faced in the last fiscal year?

A: Supply chain issues and high cost of fuel and parts. Increased loads from green fiber leaving town.

Q: What are at least 3 major things you’re wanting your department to accomplish in fiscal year 2023-2024 and how is the new budget going to improve that? 

A: 1, That all staff work in a safe manner and go home at the end of each day. 2, Some type of paper and cardboard collection system. 3, 1 new Semi and another solid waste trailer, both budgeted CIPs (Capital Improvement Projects).

Q: What can the public expect from your department in the next fiscal year? 

A: Trustworthy service and to be fiscally responsible with public resources. To supply dependable service.

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