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San Juan County Solid Waste

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PRESS RELEASE: The Exchange is working diligently with the County on finalizing the contract for operating the Orcas Island Transfer Station. The expected date for the hand-off from the County to The Exchange is April 30th.

We anticipate posting two positions – Scalehouse Attendant and Transfer Station Attendant – in the next week or so.

The community is clearly missing the opportunity for reuse; we are with you and are doing everything we can to get this capacity back on-line. Offers of time, treasure and talent continue to pour in. We are cataloging these offers systematically; you can add your name to the list by posting a comment or sending a private message to us via Facebook or by email: [email protected] or [email protected].

If you are interested in making a financial donation to this effort, you can do so via the Orcas Island Community Foundation – oicf.us – by designating the Exchange Phoenix Fund.

We are still waiting for a Demolition Permit from the County. Once we obtain this permit, we’ll get the site cleaned up and will be able to move forward. One possible scenario we are discussing is clearing the lower area (currently occupied by windows) for a temporary structure, while the upper area is reconfigured.

We are also considering a “consensus” design process for the permanent structure for the upper area, much like the process used to design the Stage On The Green.

Please keep the ideas, positive energy and support headed our way!

Thank you, The Exchange Board of Directors and Executive Director

 


February 17, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: If you have been wondering, pondering, musing over and/or otherwise asking yourself and others about the status of site clean-up and a new reuse center at the Orcas Island Transfer Station, here's the latest:

The Exchange has filled out all relevant portions of a Demolition Permit for site clean-up and passed it on to the San Juan County Solid Waste Administrator to complete and submit to CD&P (SJC Department of Community Development & Planning). The timeline for this work will depend on the processing time for the Demolition Permit and is as yet unknown.

The clean-up of the burned structure is anticipated to be carried out by Island Excavating using an excavator and two people on the ground. All items of interest to posterity have been gathered and removed from the burned area.

We have proposed to gravel the burned area and convert it into a one-way lane, with additional parking on the left side of the lane. The new Reuse Center (shall we call it The Phoenix as The Exchange will be expanding its operations to the transfer station as a whole?), will be set off to the right of this one-way lane.

We are in the process of exploring our short- and long-term options, and envision using a step-wise process -- as building plans and permits are approved and the necessary resources become available -- to get to an ideal reuse space. As these plans develop and materialize, we will inform the community about the details and any volunteer opportunities involved in implementation.

The outpouring of support and generosity from the community in this process has been down-right heartening. At least one of us involved has been asked, "How are you holding up?" The answer: "With the help of many hands." A heart-felt thank you from The Exchange to each and everyone of you!

For those who would like to donate to building a new reuse center at the Orcas Island Transfer Station, the Orcas Island Community Foundation has set up a tax-deductible donation fund for The Exchange. To make a donation to this cause, go to the OICF website -- oicf.us -- and click on "Donate Now Through Network for Good" on the upper right-hand side of the page; at the top of the resulting webpage, enter the amount you wish to donate, enter "The Exchange" in the "Designation" field located half-way down the page, and then proceed to the bottom of the page to complete the process.

With gratitude,

The Exchange Board of Directors and Executive Director

More information about The Exchange can be found on its Facebook page.

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