BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill-Surry Transfer Station will begin opening two hours later each day effective March 29 and there will be a reduction in hours for two employees.
The reduction was made to balance the transfer station’s budget, which was going to have a shortfall due to a variety of factors, according to Surry Selectman Bill Matlock.
“Because of the changing market for recyclables and increases in tipping fees and transportation, the transfer station found itself needing to increase revenue and decrease costs to have a balanced budget for the 2020-2021 year,” Matlock said.
The transfer station is currently open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting Monday, March 29, the facility will open at 9 a.m. each day.
Each town contribution will increase by 8 percent next year, but that alone was not enough to balance the budget, the selectman said.
“After much discussion about how many days and what hours we should be open, the transfer station board decided that seven days a week with a reduction in hours was the best solution,” Matlock said.
The transfer station board is composed of the selectmen from Blue Hill and Surry.
Two employees who were working full time will now work part time, said Blue Hill Selectman Vaughn Leach.
Leach said the two were willing to reduce their hours because they are getting older and ready to slow down. The two are also eligible for Medicare, he said.
The newly part-time employees will run the transfer station on the weekends and two full-time employees will run it on weekdays, Leach said.
“Everybody was fine with what’s going on,” said Leach. “I personally talked with two out of three of them.”