By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE - The cost of getting rid of solid waste is totally related to its weight, but the scale at the county's Indian Lake Transfer Station works only in fits and starts.
The Hamilton County Solid Waste Committee visited the transfer station Wednesday, May 15, in an effort to determine the condition of and possible need to replace its weight scale.
Solid Waste Coordinator Tracy Eldridge told the committee the scale is old. "It sometimes stops working for awhile. It does start up again, but we are never sure it will start again," he said.
Eldridge said the scale was purchased used from the Town of Long Lake, is over 25 years old and suffers from salt and weather deterioration. "The cement is crumbling and the steel is rusting out," he said.
The scale's accuracy is uncertain.
Eldridge provided the supervisors with several options with quotes from Gerheart Scales, Albany, to give them an idea what it might cost to repair the scale or purchase a new one.
Gerheart estimates it would cost $51,700 to repair the 11- by 35-foot scale and $53,450 for a new unit of the same size. A larger scale (11 by 70 feet) that would accommodate both a tractor and its trailer, and be more accurate, was quoted at $89,850.
The advantage of the larger scale, Eldridge said, is it eliminates downward pressure on the trailer by its connection to the tractor.
With just a few thousand dollars difference between repair and replacement, the supervisors on the committee suggested seeking quotes from several companies on both size scales. Once they come in the committee shall make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.