Six years after denying a similar project from California Waste Recovery Systems, the city of Galt is studying whether to allow the company to build a transfer station. Now the company has a new facility in the city, plus an office. Allowing the construction of a transfer station could also add jobs and save fuel expenses which are typically passed onto the city and its ratepayers.
The idea is being studied by Mayor Marylou Powers and Councilman Curt Campion, who were voted onto a subcommittee at the council meeting last week.
They will meet and provide staff with direction regarding a potential station near the city’s wastewater treatment plant on Twin Cities Road.
The project is not officially being proposed. Instead, Cal Waste is in a discussion with the city about extending the service contract with the city through 2019 proposed building the transfer station in a new 10-year agreement.
Cal Waste already provides garbage collection service for residents in Galt and elsewhere in both Sacramento and San Joaquin counties, but must take many of the curbside carts to Stockton and Sacramento for processing.
Cal Waste moved its administrative headquarters to Galt earlier this year after the city council approved the company’s request to build a materials recovery and recycling facility in the city’s industrial area.
Just before council approval last summer, a group of citizens headed by resident Tracy Gross began circulating a petition to keep the company from moving to Galt. At the time, they said there were discrepancies with the recycling project when it was presented to council members last July.
For example, a route map submitted to the Planning Commission detailing truck routes called the project a permanent transfer station, while the project has been identified as a materials recovery/recycling center. The city dismissed the claim as a typo.
The current permit limits the business to actions as a materials recovery center, which does not allow garbage to be dumped or processed.
However, at the time of approval, City Planner Chris Erias said there was nothing preventing the company from transforming its current site into a transfer station with the proper permits.
Campion said a transfer station is needed in Galt. Councilwoman Barbara Payne also said she supports the idea.
In 2007, the city considered a transfer station but ultimately deadlocked in a vote on Cal Waste’s request to build and operate one in the Galt Industrial Park after public outcry about possible noise, traffic and smell concerns. The Planning Commission’s denial was upheld.
Gross told the city council last year when it approved Cal Waste’s recycling facility that she was against the materials recovery and recycling center because it could be the first step toward a transfer station. She said at the time the owners said they would not try again to open a transfer station in Galt.
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