by Andrew Martin
The Wolcott Transfer Station is continuing a recent trend of doing well, helping to erase past doubts about whether the town should even be operating the station on its own. The 2012-2013 fiscal year marked the second in a row that the station has shown a positive balance, a fact that has many town officials pleased. For the 2012-2013 year the station showed a positive year end balance of $1,848, down just slightly from the 2011-2012 year end balance of $2,070
“We couldn’t be happier,” stated Selectboard chairperson Belinda Clegg, “…everything seems to be going very well.”
According to Clegg, a great deal of work and effort over the last few years has gone into making the station an asset to the town rather than a burden.
“It is now paying for itself,” explained Clegg, “We aren’t trying to make money with the station; we just want it to break even… It’s a service to the community that we want to offer.”
Among the improvements that have occurred at the station in recent years were repairs to the overall setup, improvements in safety, and the installation of a good, workable receipt system for the cash register used by the two attendants, Mark Drew and Richard Lee. Clegg also praised both Lee and Drew as major forces behind the positive showing by the station.
“We have two very good attendants,” Clegg remarked. She also explained that she feels having Lee serve as the town’s representative to the LRSWMD board helps him and Drew to better understand how to run the Wolcott station.
Clegg also highlighted the fact that many of the recent improvements at the station have come from the money created there while the station still shows a positive balance. The success the station is now enjoying seems to have laid to rest the majority of the feelings present in Wolcott that the town should turn the station over to the LRSWMD.
“At one point not too long ago, the board thought it might be better to hand it (the transfer station) over to the Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District,” explained Clegg, who continued by stating that she herself was one of those who thought it may be better for the station to be run by the district. This thought was strengthened by the fact that in years past the station had shown several thousand dollar deficits. However, she and others like her have now changed their opinion – thanks to the recent success seen at the station.
“I’m happy that we kept it,” finished Clegg, “I think things are running really well.”
The success seen by the station over the last two years should continue. Clegg explained that the board plans to continue improving the station itself as well as the services offered there.