As of Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The commissioners switched county residents from Walco to Simmons to save money. It appears their goal was to save money by making us drive our large loads to Kamiah. Of course, no one does this due to inconvenience, time and gas cost. No surprise, then, that all Simmons dumpsters are constantly overloaded and have been since they took over. With the local Walco station now only available to city folks, those of us in the Mt. Idaho area are shut out. We never used a dumpster before the switch. There was not this problem with Walco. Now costs are soaring and Simmons is complaining. They said it well, “When the other transfer station is closed we see an uptick.” Without county residents, Walco is open fewer hours. If this inconveniences city dwellers they simply use Simmons dumpsters, compounding the problem.
Now the commissioners, who are less concerned with county residents than with Simmons, want a mega drop-off and have a willing landowner happy to get $15,000/year for this eyesore. Will it accommodate those old TVs, household castoffs, downed tree limbs? No. Will it be open every day for our convenience? No. Do they still expect us to haul large items to Kamiah? Yes.
We miss Walco. It’s local. They do a great job. Switching was a huge mistake. The commissioners seem to have forgotten whom they serve.