Fayette selectmen are scheduled to decide the fate of trash and recyclables generated in town.

Town Manager Mark Robinson said Monday that selectmen have a number of choices and are expected to choose among them at a meeting on April 11.

The Town of Jay, which has taken Fayette’s trash and recyclables at its transfer station for decades, is reconsidering its position and might allow the three private haulers currently licensed in Fayette to continue to use the Jay transfer station. Jay had previously said it was closing its transfer station to outsiders as of July 1.

Fayette’s 550 households contract to have their trash picked up by one of three private haulers, paying on average $20 per month, Robinson said previously. In turn, Fayette picks up the cost of the $35,000 to $36,000 annual tipping fee plus a contract fee to Jay. Fayette’s haulers are Archie’s of Mexico, J & A Disposal of Jay, Maine and Fran Trask of Manchester.

Selectmen also will consider a proposal from Readfield and Wayne — which has been worked on by the town managers there and the Solid Waste & Recycling Committee which has representatives from both towns — that would allow Fayette to be a joint partner in the use of their transfer station, which is located on North Road in Readfield. That plan would require approval from the select boards in those two towns, according to Eric Dyer, Readfield town manager. He said that plan would give Fayette residents access to the transfer station either as individuals or through haulers.

“We’re a little bit more expensive per ton than what they’re used to paying,” Dyer said Monday.


Robinson said that if Fayette opts against those options, selectmen could also consider having Fayette’s haulers take the items directly to Waste Management in Norridgewock or Mid-Maine Waste Action Corps in Auburn.

Robinson said Fayette had approached the city of Augusta with regard to using the Hatch Hill Landfill, but he said it was not a realistic option for Fayette.

In other business, Robinson said a new oil boiler/heat exchange system will be installed at Fayette Central School beginning during April school vacation. He said Mechanical Services was awarded the bid for the work, which will include digital upgrades to the heat distribution system to make the system more energy efficient.

Voters in Fayette on Feb. 29 approved bonding $125,000 for engineering services to design and fix the heating system as well as modify a water softening system. An additional $100,000 for the project was to come from the municipal educational capital reserve account.

Fayette is also readying for its annual Town Meeting, which includes election of municipal officers June 14 and the business portion of the meeting June 18. Nomination papers are available now for two seats on the Board of Selectmen and one seat on the School Board.

Terms for Selectmen Ken Morrison and Mary Wright expire in June as does the term for School Committee member Alanna Stevenson. All terms are for three years and completed nomination papers must be returned to the town office by May 2.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams

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