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Transfer station unlikely to move

Matthew Renda
Staff Writer

A parcel being considered by the Nevada County Hazardous and Solid Waste Commission as a potential site for the county's transfer station is looking increasingly unlikely as a viable option.

Nevada County Department of Public Works Director Steve Castleberry said a property at the Bear River Mills site, south of Grass Valley and adjacent to Highway 49, could serve as a potential location to house a transfer station if the county decided to move it from its current site on McCourtney Road.

Castleberry said that a couple of commissioners felt strongly that the parcel would solve persistent problems dogging the current site.

However, County Executive Officer Rick Haffey discounted the possibility of that potential move in his weekly memo Friday, saying the current owners of the site, James and Jami Hopper of Rare Earth, have no intention of selling that property.

"We were surprised to hear that Waste Management may be intending to include the Rare Earth property as one of several possible sites for a relocated transfer station in a report to the county," the Hoppers' legal representative wrote in a November 2012 letter addressed to Waste Management.

"The purpose of this letter is to advise you and Waste Management that the property owners now have other plans for their property, and it would, therefore, be inappropriate for it to be included in any presentation to the county."

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The waste commission is scheduled to recommend some sort of action that will address deficiencies at the current transfer station, including nuisance to immediate neighbors, queuing trucks and other problems.

Increasingly, it looks like performing upgrades to the current site is the most viable way forward, Haffey said, though he said he did not want to preempt a decision by the commission.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call 530-477-4239.

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