Landfill Initiatives Task Force

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Thank you for your interest in this important Task Force! This group will be helping guide proposed changes at the Front Range Landfill within the Town of Erie. Many topics will be discussed and considered and the group will provide recommendations to the Town Council for their consideration.

Below you will find:

  • Background information
  • Map of the current landfill(s)
  • Opportunity to submit questions/comments

Background

The Task Force will include four members representing neighborhoods immediately adjacent to the landfill (including one from the Ranch Eggs neighborhood). Three members representing the community at large. And Task Force membership will be expected to:

  • Tour the Front Range Landfill prior to the first Task Force meeting.
  • Participate in Task Force meetings until the Task Force makes a recommendation.
  • Effectively solicit and communicate feedback from their respective communities.
  • Ideally have related expertise relevant to the scope of work.

The Task Force will meet monthly from February 2024 through July 2024 when a recommendation will be made to the Town Council about the Front Range Landfill. Waste Connections is the operator and would like to expand and extend the operational duration of the Front Range Landfill, as well as complete several other operational changes.

To create and ensure long-term community benefits such as the possibility of additional recreational trails, expanding the existing renewable energy plant, developing a solar farm, or introducing pollinator species and establishing an Apiary, the Town is inviting residents to join this Task Force.

Current Map of Front Range Landfill Site


Task Force Member Decision Criteria

  1. How many applications did the team receive in response to its request for LTF volunteers? The Town received 36 applications.
  2. Were all of the applications from Erie residents? Yes.
  3. Are any of the selected members residents of the Vista Ridge subdivision? Two from Vista Ridge and one from Vista Point.
  4. Are all 7 of the applicants selected for membership consideration Erie residents? Yes.
  5. What were the evaluation criteria used to select LTF members? The four evaluation criteria are:
    1. Ability to contribute community/neighborhood knowledge, represent community, and/or create buy in for Landfill Task Force decisions in the community.
    2. Ability to contribute with landfill/subject matter knowledge or other relevant experience.
    3. Grasp of issues facing Erie and landfill operations.
    4. Willingness to work together to co-create solutions and contribute in good faith.
  6. Were stakeholders from Waste Management/Waste Connections involved in the selection process? No, the community engagement consultant, Kearns & West, recommended the Task Force members to the Town.
  7. Can you provide the names and affiliations of the LTF membership selection committee? Kearns & West recommended the Task Force members to the Town. Kearns & West is a neutral, third-party strategic communications firm.
  8. How will the selected individuals be communicating with impacted residents? Task Force meetings will be open to the public and members of the community are welcome to communicate with Task Force members. The Task Force roster will be made public after the February 13 Town Council meeting.

Thank you for your interest in this important Task Force! This group will be helping guide proposed changes at the Front Range Landfill within the Town of Erie. Many topics will be discussed and considered and the group will provide recommendations to the Town Council for their consideration.

Below you will find:

  • Background information
  • Map of the current landfill(s)
  • Opportunity to submit questions/comments

Background

The Task Force will include four members representing neighborhoods immediately adjacent to the landfill (including one from the Ranch Eggs neighborhood). Three members representing the community at large. And Task Force membership will be expected to:

  • Tour the Front Range Landfill prior to the first Task Force meeting.
  • Participate in Task Force meetings until the Task Force makes a recommendation.
  • Effectively solicit and communicate feedback from their respective communities.
  • Ideally have related expertise relevant to the scope of work.

The Task Force will meet monthly from February 2024 through July 2024 when a recommendation will be made to the Town Council about the Front Range Landfill. Waste Connections is the operator and would like to expand and extend the operational duration of the Front Range Landfill, as well as complete several other operational changes.

To create and ensure long-term community benefits such as the possibility of additional recreational trails, expanding the existing renewable energy plant, developing a solar farm, or introducing pollinator species and establishing an Apiary, the Town is inviting residents to join this Task Force.

Current Map of Front Range Landfill Site


Task Force Member Decision Criteria

  1. How many applications did the team receive in response to its request for LTF volunteers? The Town received 36 applications.
  2. Were all of the applications from Erie residents? Yes.
  3. Are any of the selected members residents of the Vista Ridge subdivision? Two from Vista Ridge and one from Vista Point.
  4. Are all 7 of the applicants selected for membership consideration Erie residents? Yes.
  5. What were the evaluation criteria used to select LTF members? The four evaluation criteria are:
    1. Ability to contribute community/neighborhood knowledge, represent community, and/or create buy in for Landfill Task Force decisions in the community.
    2. Ability to contribute with landfill/subject matter knowledge or other relevant experience.
    3. Grasp of issues facing Erie and landfill operations.
    4. Willingness to work together to co-create solutions and contribute in good faith.
  6. Were stakeholders from Waste Management/Waste Connections involved in the selection process? No, the community engagement consultant, Kearns & West, recommended the Task Force members to the Town.
  7. Can you provide the names and affiliations of the LTF membership selection committee? Kearns & West recommended the Task Force members to the Town. Kearns & West is a neutral, third-party strategic communications firm.
  8. How will the selected individuals be communicating with impacted residents? Task Force meetings will be open to the public and members of the community are welcome to communicate with Task Force members. The Task Force roster will be made public after the February 13 Town Council meeting.

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    Who is it responding to a Landfill questions? Yep and Nope are very unprofessional responses.

    Monica Korber asked 2 months ago

    Hi Monica, thanks for your opinion on this issue. We like to keep things conversational and less "government-ese" so residents can interact quickly and easily without pressure. But if you, personally, prefer a more formal response, we can do that for you. 

    If the responses were literally one-word responses that contained only "yep" and "nope" - we would agree that it is unprofessional. But in reviewing the previous responses, they were answered with more detail and seem to have answered the original poster's inquiries because there was no follow-up. 

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    Hello - I had a couple of questions in regards to the proposed relocation of the entrance. "However, if the Task Force recommends that the Landfill expedite the establishment of a new entrance at Sheridan/WCR 4 or if the Task Force does not make a recommendation on the matter at all, Waste Connections is prepared to proceed with entrance construction at this location and has agreed to complete this work". This ordinance was created in 2008. My concern is there's been a lot of development since 2008, both residential and commercial, near the proposed new entrance on both the east and west side of Sheridan north of Highway 7, including the King Soopers. That King Soopers attracts residents from all over including people from the Vista Highlands and Colliers Hill neighborhoods (also new developments since 2008) who utilize CR4/Sheridan. Additionally, the future development of the Red Tail Ranch neighborhood (over 600 homes per it's website) on the southwestern side of the landfill with direct access from CR4 is only going to further congest that area with traffic, noise pollution, etc. What were the factors in selecting a new entrance location? Have they changed since 2008? What is the Town's stance on where the potential new entrance be located? To me, a more optimal location would be CR6/CR7 which has a much lower density of residential homes and commercial buildings.

    Erie Res. asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your question!

    The best location for the landfill entrance will receive thorough evaluation by the Task Force, and all options are “on the table” so to speak, but both Waste Connections and the Town of Erie share your concerns regarding the Sheridan/WCR4 potential entrance location. 

    It is these concerns, as well as uncertainty regarding the possible continuation of Sheridan Pkwy to the north, that have prevented establishing the entrance based on the Ordinance in 2008.

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    I don’t see the application for the landfill task force. Just this question box. Is it too late to apply? I live in Vista Ridge and am interested in applying.

    Tyler asked 3 months ago

    Yep! There is an "Apply Now!" section on this page with the link to the application and I have added the link here as well. You have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to apply.

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    Hi does this have to do with the fracking?

    Rh asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for the question! Nope - this is purely about the landfill and the operations there. This is not about oil and gas operations. 

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    Hello, I am one of the residents who have submitted a comment against the proposed drilling. When will we hear of the results of this decision? How will we know of how many signed and submitted a petition? How many of us have to petition against the drilling on Coyote Trails and at the Draco location in order to stop the drilling from commencing?

    Esmeralda Bautista asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your question. Your question is in regard to an oil and gas issue and not the Landfill Task Force. If you would send your question along to David Frank at his email, dfrank@erieco.gov, that would be the best route to chat about oil and gas-related questions.

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    The price for a car load of trash at the Larimer county dump is $20-30 for a civilian car, van, or truck. At front range landfill it is $136-225 for the same services. Is management open to charging a more reasonable rate ($20-50) for Erie residents as part of an expansion deal? Reasonably priced services are obviously possible and would be valuable to the community.

    Fred asked 3 months ago

    This is a great topic for the Task Force to also discuss as they create recommendations for the Town Council to consider. We will add this to the list of discussion items for that group.

    In the meantime, we also hope you are aware of the events held twice per year for free drop-off at the landfill (once in the spring and once in the fall) and also the opportunities for free recycling/yard waste drop-off all year round. You can find all the details about waste disposal on the Town of Erie website.

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    Lets make a baby bunny ski hill on the north side!

    Olivia asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for the idea - we will include this in the materials for the Task Force.

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    We live on Alpine near CR5. The current landfill is immense in height and breadth. Trucks come and go adjacent to residential streets and at times breach onto Alpine Drive. How many years is this quite mature and gigantic accumulation of refuse allowed to accrete in size? What is the issue at hand that is inducing this community mobilization?

    Gordon Wolfe MD asked 3 months ago

    The current timeline for when the Front Range Landfill is scheduled to hit maximum capacity is roughly 20 years. But they have expressed an interest in expansion/extension of their service timeline in addition to other operational changes. These are the things we want the community task force to consider and create recommendations to present to the Town Council. Some of these things are listed below, though the Task Force members will get in depth details about all aspects during their regular meetings. 

    Potential Landfill Initiatives:

    • Establish a new primary customer access to the FRL on the NE portion of the site from WCR 6.
    • Identify and implement preferred routes to the FRL that minimize transportation impacts to existing and future residents in the surrounding neighborhoods and implement means to deter customers from using alternate routes.
    • Continue to set aside Landfill Fees for road and other improvements in the local area.
    • Land exchange between the Town and WC to facilitate a truck maintenance and parking yard at the northeast corner of the Property. 
    • Annex into the Town of Erie property in Weld County located southeast of the current landfill property. 
    • Remove the existing water tanks to expand the landfill footprint by as much as 36-acres and construct new Town water tanks and distribution infrastructure on the annexed property. 
    • Realign and fill a small portion of the western slope of FRL.
    • Revise the phasing of landfill development to minimize visual impacts to adjacent property owners and facilitate accelerated final capping on portions of the landfill.
    • Explore converting portions of FRL and the DRL for public uses including recreational trails and one or more of the following sustainability initiatives:
      • Expanding the existing renewable energy plant at FRL and maximizing its utility. 
      • Developing portions of DRL and FRL land for solar. 
      • Introducing additional pollinator species on DRL (and FRL) and establishing an Apiary (already in process).
      • Establishing a building construction materials separation facility on site. 
      • Establishing a local (Erie residents and businesses only) composting facility.
      • Considering forming a 501(c)(3) committee or similar entity funded in part by FRL to advance sustainability initiatives in the Town of Erie.
      • Other actions or amenities that could build support for the overall package.
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    I was told three years ago the landfill entrance was to be moved very soon. This has not happened. What is the current status of this and what are the ramifications that Waste Connections faces by not doing this? It seems that the Town says its Waste Connections issue and Waste Connections says its the town's.

    cyganjo` asked 3 months ago

    The Town of Erie and Waste Connections acknowledge the current permit for the landfill clearly indicates that a new entrance is to be established at the intersection of Sheridan Boulevard and WCR 4 per an ordinance in 2008, and that this new entrance should have been installed by January 2009. However, in 2008, the Landfill (then owned by Republic) received direction from previous Town staff to delay development of the new entrance until Sheridan Parkway had been extended through SE/4, Section 28 due to concern about the uncertainty of the future extension of Sheridan north past the landfill. This Sheridan Parkway extension work is not complete, though it is still proposed in the current Erie Transportation Mobility Plan.

    Over the last several years, the Landfill and Town staff have engaged in considerable communications concerning the suitability of the Sheridan/WCR 4 intersection as a new entrance, and neither party is currently convinced that it is the ideal location. Therefore, relocation of the entrance is included in the Task Force’s review to allow the group to consider all possible options, including the Sheridan/WCR4 intersection as well as other locations such as the WCR6/WCR7 intersection. However, if the Task Force recommends that the Landfill expedite the establishment of a new entrance at Sheridan/WCR 4 or if the Task Force does not make a recommendation on the matter at all, Waste Connections is prepared to proceed with entrance construction at this location and has agreed to complete this work.

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