Bids for demolition, construction could go out in February, Steiner reports

    Bids for demolition and construction of the new Polk County Transfer Station in Crookston could go out as early as late February, says Polk County Environmental Services Director Jon Steiner as he gave the Times an update on the progress of the project. They are currently working toward finishing the design and then will proceed to engineering, with blueprints available in mid-February.

    The current Environmental Services and Transfer Station was not originally constructed to be used in the manner they have been operating in it, said Steiner. The existing building “does not contain the ceiling heights the state now requires for transfer station tip floors, and its configuration does not allow for efficient operation.”

    “A new Transfer Station will be designed for its intended purpose, contain full warranties, and comply with the regulations for transfer stations currently in effect,” Steiner explained. “It is intended that the new building will be constructed on the site of the present building.”

    “Our intent is to bid the project and award it early, enter the construction season with the successful bidder ready to break ground with an aggressive construction schedule, and with substantial completion of construction-related activities wrapped up in fall of 2018,” he added. “The new building will be very much similar to the layout of the existing with a few refinements.”

    When asked if there will be any new features the public might notice after the new station is built, Steiner said the primary difference will be a slightly larger office and tip floor area, plus further separation of personal vehicles from commercial trucks. He added that segregated waste-related activity from non-waste related activity “should reduce traffic congestion” in the lot for those using the facility.

    “The age and condition of the existing building require major modifications to be made to the scale, roof, exterior walls, and canopy/apron to continue operations,” Steiner explained further. “Given the available cost-share to repair existing vs. replace with new, and the cost of the repairs necessary to the existing building, it was determined that the best use of local dollars was to replace the existing building with a new Transfer Station.”

    The Polk County Environmental Services/Transfer Station project is one of many parts of a larger, regional project which was grant funded, Steiner told the Times. Grant funds were provided by the state in 2015 (Phase 1: $7M) and 2017 (Phase II: $9.25M.) A major modification to the Polk County Resource Recovery Facility in Fosston is currently underway and will be completed in the summer of 2018. That project will result in “more waste being processed, more materials removed from the waste prior to disposal, and an increase in the amount of recyclable materials that can be processed and marketed.” In addition, the construction of a new Source Separated Organic Compost facility at the Polk County Landfill near Gentilly has been designed and permitted, and will be constructed in spring 2018.

    “The local cost-share for the Crookston project will be from existing Polk County solid waste service fees,” says Steiner. “The local cost-share for the Fosston and Gentilly projects will be from tip fees and material sales revenues derived from all six counties in the regional project.”