As of Wednesday, Feb. 17, the new hauled waste dumping facility was turned over from the contractor, Albertson Construction, to the Town of Lakeview. The Lakeview Public Works Department will hold training for its employees before the entire system becomes operational.
The genesis of the project was in mid-2020 when the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) was requiring the Town to change the way it handled sewage from septic tanks and port-a-potties. Previously, the waste from these facilities would be dumped directly into one of the main sewage ponds off of Stock Drive. The DEQ required the Town to change the way this sewage is dumped, and separate out the garbage from the other waste. It will also allow the Town to more accurately keep track of how much septic waste is dumped as part of its discharge permit.
In August 2020 the Lakeview Town Council heard the proposal and its original location, which was going to be on south Third street across from the Lakeview Little League Fields. Not long after construction began, neighbors complained about the location of the facility and the potential negative impact it could have on the homes. People were worried about the issue of smell from the facility, though Lakeview Public Works Dir. Jeff Marshall said there would be no smell.
Later in the year the Town Council voted to move the facility to its new location on Stock Drive. Moving the facility increased its construction time and increased the costs by approximately $25,000 for the extra work grading and clearing the ground.
Money for the new facility will be paid through new septic and port-a-potty dumping rates from the current three cents per gallon to six cents per gallon on Saturday, May 1. The rates have not increased for many years, and the money will help to repay the cost of the building. The Council also voted to revisit the rates in five years to determine if they need to be further adjusted or if there are new DEQ requirements.
The building features a device that trucks will pull up to and connect. After connecting, the waste from septic tanks and other devices will flow into the sewer ponds. Any garbage or other large items will be screened at the top and not allowed to flow through. Waste will then go via pipe to the main sewer pond to begin treatment. Any garbage left over from the screening will be raked out by the person doing the dumping and into a garbage container that will be on the side of the tank.
For more information call 541-947-2020.