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Situated in the southeastern end of Prince William Sound, the Alaskan City of Cordova is quickly emerging as one of America's best places to live, work, play, and visit.
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Once a week, a team of folks from the Refuse Division diligently swing by your home to pick up the trash you and your family have produced. What happens to those bags of trash once they leave your driveway? Where does our refuse go? The Refuse facility on Whitshed Road is the first destination for trash.
Since 1998, the Refuse Division has baled our solid waste into tight cubes of garbage and hauled these bales by the truckload to the Landfill at 17 Mile. This year, the 16-year-old conveyor belt that feeds the trash into the compactor has had a few issues that are impeding the Refuse Division from baling trash.
In the first quarter of 2017, on the conveyor belt, several tie rods, links and wheel assemblies failed due to rust and corrosion. To fix the conveyor belt, it cost the Refuse Division approximately $19,000 and time down with the baler. In the second quarter of this year the conveyor belt failed again and has not been repaired because of the expense.
Since that time, the Refuse Division, led by Aaron Muma, has been hauling un-compacted trash to the 17 Mile landfill. As per state and local regulations, the loads are covered to keep trash from blowing out or escaping on the journey. Once the load reaches the landfill, the garbage is dumped and then immediately covered with crushed gravel that completely covers the loose materials.
Because the landfill is at 17 Mile and the expanse of the area makes it difficult and expensive to potentially fence, for many years there have been bears that frequent the landfill as they look for an easy meal. People have questioned whether unbaled materials are attracting more bears, but the Refuse crew has not seen an increase in the number of bears over the past few years including this season. The bears got into baled materials as well.
It’s important for the public to remember the landfill is a secure area and not open to the public per city code. It is a dangerous place to walk around without guidance from the Refuse crew. Discussion on the Refuse Division’s conveyor belt repair and whether to bale or not bale the community’s trash may continue at future City Council meetings.
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The City of Cordova Planning Department would like to remind everyone that a Building Permit is required for the erection, construction, establishment, moving, alteration, enlargement, repair, or conversion of ANY building or structure located within the City.
Building Permits are required in order to ensure that all projects adhere to zoning requirements, height requirements, setbacks, minimum lot size, and permitted uses which vary throughout the City.
If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Department at 424-6220, or visit click the LINK.
The City is proud to unveil our Cordova Center Capital Campaign Video. Featuring some familiar faces and amazing "drone-based" video, it is a must-see! The video is available on the City's YouTube channel.
Your baler is now open on Saturdays for your convenience. In order to accommodate the weekend hours, staff will be closing the facility on Thursdays. Hours are 7:00-3:30, however staffing issues can impact the schedule unexpectedly. You can always call 424-5600 before you go.