Recycling Facility Present & Future



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Recycling Facility Present & Future
As part of the selectman’s directive to the Solid Waste & Recycling Committee we were requested to fulfill certain tasks. One of those tasks was the total evaluation of the present recycling facility better known as “The Barn”. To that end we have looked into all of the possible directions that the town can go in the future use of this facility. These directions could be:

  1. Retain, Repair and continue renting present facility.

  2. Purchase and continue using present facility.

  3. Purchase another facility and move to that location.

  4. Rent another facility and move to that location.

  5. Purchase land and build a new facility and move to that location.


[One of the committee members, George Christopher, wrote an essay on the Barn, its operation and its “connection” with the town. That essay is included at the end of this report.]

Survey of Present Recycling Barn
On Saturday, 22 May, 2010, Tade Mahoney and David Reinheimer met with David Berry for a tour of The Barn with the idea of gathering information necessary for the SWRC to develop a future plan for the facility. The checklist below was filled in during this tour and the data collected is listed under the headings noted:
General Data:
Year building built: Facility was built in three phases with the first phase [closest to the Post Road] built about 1956 and two later phases built in the 1960s.
Square Footage: The building is 288 feet long and 36 feet wide and three stories for a total square footage of approximately 31,000.
Square footage rented to Town: The square footage in the contract with the town to be signed is 15,680 square feet.
Annual rental fee: The present annual rental fee is $13,000.
Size of lot: The lot size is 2 acres.
Parking spaces: The number of parking spaces is between 10 and 20 with areas under consideration for added parking. [Greenhouse/south side of the barn.]
Building:
Roof [Insulation]: The original roof was all corrugated aluminum but a few years ago a section was replaced utilizing galvanized steel roofing. There is no insulation in the roof.

Walls-Siding [Insulation]: The walls do not have any insulation. The north, west and east walls consist of corrugated aluminum similar to the roof but of a narrower corrugation. The south side for the most part consists of a greenhouse, quality plastic sheeting.

Foundation: For most areas the foundation is original but two years ago the west end foundation had to be replaced. The east end foundation needs to be replaced with a new slab poured as it has failed due to repeated stress by loaded forklift trucks.

Ground Floor – Concrete: As mentioned above the concrete floor on the west end is in good shape while the rest is passable except for the east end that has failed due to overloading.


Upper Floors: The upper floors consist of a combination of planks and plywood. The building was inspected by a structural engineer several years ago and all recommendations have been implemented.

Windows: The windows on the north, east and west are fairly small plastic glazed fixed sash units with the south wall being almost entirely the before mentioned plastic sheeting.

Doors: Most doors are quite simple with the larger access doors being sliding doors.

Heating: The present heating is provided by a waste oil furnace for the “public spaces” and a scrap-wood fired boiler for the other spaces [office, worm farm, bathroom, etc.]. This boiler burns scrap wood and pumps hot water to bare finned radiation and unit heaters in the spaces required including the greenhouse.

Electrical:
Service:
Amps = 200 Crouse-Hinds and Square-D breaker panels.
Voltage = 120/240
Phase = Single

Plumbing:
Water – Well-water is pumped from a property owned by David Berry across the road.
Sewer – A septic system was installed in the 1980s.
Water Heater – There is an electric 40-gallon heater in the wood boiler room.

Fire Protection:
Extinguishers – many.
Sprinklers – none.
Alarms – Smoke – Present system is vulnerable to dust and so is kept shut off.

Elevator:
Capacity – One (1) ton. Non –personnel.

Equipment:
Compactor(s) – One 7.5 Horsepower and one 15 horsepower.
Roto-Phase – One unit sized at 10 horsepower.

Barn Lease:


This year [2011] the new lease for the Barn will be for only one year [It had previously been renewed for a period of three years.] at the request of the SWRC until the long term future of the Barn can be decided.
In this vein David Berry, owner of the Barn, has made a one-time offer to the town to purchase the Barn property including all equipment contained therein for the sum of $175,000. This offer is good until July 1, 2011.
It is the objective of this report to determine whether or not that offer should be positively considered by the Selectpersons or allowed to expire.
To that end the SWRC has visited other properties in Bowdoinham to see what property is valued at and the SWRC has also visited other Solid Waste and Recycling Facilities to see what amount of money is expended in the programs of other towns.


Other Properties in Bowdoinham

Bowdoinham Property No. 1:
On 8 June 2010 I visited with Scott Libby who purchased the manufacturing facilities that used to be operated by Hilltop Log Homes on the Pond Road [Route 125].

Scott purchased the property from Hilltop Log Homes in 2009. The buildings have an aggregate covered area of between 22,000 and 24,000 Square Feet. Our present lease with David Berry is almost 16,000 Square Feet. The Libby buildings have both a 200 Amp and a 400 Amp three-phase electrical distribution system. The acreage associated with Scott Libby’s facility is 3.38 Acres. The price Scott quoted me for the purchase of his property was about $300,000.

After this visit Scott wrote a letter to the town suggesting that they consider his property as a rental for a “new” recycling facility. Scott was to “improve” his rental space to meet the needs of the Town Recycling & Solid Waste program in exchange for a long term rental agreement.
Bowdoinham Property No. 2:
On 8 June 2010 I visited the property owned and operated by Cumberland County Glass also located on Pond Road. This property, consisting of an office complex adjoined to a warehouse facility, was constructed by Hilltop Log Homes and purchased by CCG in 2004. Including the office the Square Footage of the facility is 14,500. The facility is sited on 1.6 acres, has a 200 Amp single phase power feed and was purchased for $335,000.

Ken Boucher later spoke with me and said that his goal would be to sell the entire facility to the town for a new Recycling & Solid Waste building.


Bowdoinham Property No. 3:
It was suggested that perhaps an easier path for the town would be to purchase a piece of property and build a totally new facility to house the Recycling and Solid Waste program. Having just been through a similar exercise with the property at the corner of Pond Road and Route 125 that was put forth as a possible site for a new Public Works Facility it can be stated that the site permitting costs combined with the construction and relocation costs would run in the neighborhood of $475,000.
After the initial review of this document the chairman of the SWRC, Tade Mahoney, suggested that I contact a real estate agent and see what he/she recommended and also find out what is available on the market. To that end I called a longtime friend, Rick Baribeau of Remax Real Estate located in Topsham. After talking with Rick it was concluded that what had been done in our search for other properties in Bowdoinham was about as far as anyone could go. The price of real estate has fallen about 10-15% in the recent recession and by reducing the asking price of any properties under consideration in Bowdoinham by that amount one would come to a reasonable sale price for a property for a recycling facility.

Visiting Other Recycling Facilities

Solid Waste & Recycling Facility – Gray, Maine:

Manager = Randy Cookson

On 19 June 2010 Tade Mahoney, David Berry and David Reinheimer visited the Gray, Maine, Solid Waste and Recycling Facility off Route 26 in Gray to find out how they handle their input and what type of facility they have in operation. The Town of Gray has about 7000 residents or about 4 times what Bowdoinham has.

Materials: The program collects wood waste, brush, metals, bulky
waste, electronic waste, tires, asphalt shingles, etc in bunkers and
roll-off containers (some at a lower grade for resident loading from
above). It also serves as an MSW transfer station with large
stationary compactor.

Single stream: Gray has made the decision to continue its operation


and not join the Eco Maine single stream program even though they are
a member. Some reasons that I heard: residents like the current
program, local control, cost, limited savings.

Their facility was built in 1980 on what was originally their landfill. The back portion is still an inactive landfill. Since 1980 they have made one major addition completed in 2009. The cost of the addition was $700,000 and the total facility probably has a replacement cost of between $1.5 and $2 million. The addition includes facilities for the employees – locker rooms, bathrooms and showers. They have four full-time employees and several part-time. The facility is open four days per week from 8-4 on Wednesday and Friday and from 7-3 on Saturday and Sunday. They have four vertical compactors in the original building and one much larger horizontal compactor in the new addition. The building has three-phase power, water and sewer and the facility is set up so that those who visit to drop off things travel around the site in a clockwise direction with stopping points for different materials. Gray has found markets for things we do not handle such as shingles and film plastic. See the pictures below:






Solid Waste & Recycling Facility – Freeport, Maine:


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