FRENCHVILLE – The Northern Aroostook Regional Incinerator Facility board of directors on Thursday morning approved its annual budget of $820,000.
NARIF processes solid waste for Madawaska, Fort Kent and Frenchville, three owner communities, and St. Agatha, a service town. Each town pays a share of the facility’s costs, with the cost ratio for each community based on population and state valuation. While population figures stay the same for 10 years, state valuation figures can change each year, thus changing the amount to be paid.
Each town’s share will be different this year from that of last year. Madawaska pays 53.6 percent of the costs, Fort Kent 30.3 percent, Frenchville 8.6 percent and St. Agatha 7.5 percent
Madawaska’s share of the budget will decrease by $9,348 to $439,192. Fort Kent will pay $248,706, an increase of $9,676. Frenchville will see its share drop by $820 to $70,766, and St. Agatha will pay $61,336, an increase of $492.
The only new item in the proposed budget is a $20,000 expenditure for the cost and installation of a tire cutter. The machine cuts vehicle tires in strips, making it easier to dispose of the old tires.
By cutting up the tires, NARIF can dispose of them at a Canadian landfill, Cogerno at Green River, New Brunswick. The cost, $42 per ton, will be the same as other solid waste disposed of at the facility,.
Philip Levesque, NARIF administrator, said the Canadian landfill would not accept tires that are not sliced up. Sliced tires take up less space in the landfill.
If NARIF were to dispose of tires by transporting them south, instead of into Canada, the cost of disposal would rise to $100 per ton, plus transportation, Levesque said.
It may take two years to dispose of the pile of tires at the NARIF site, the administrator said. It is expected that 270 tons of tires will be disposed of this year.
Along with disposing of 9,700 tons of solid waste at the Canadian landfill, NARIF recycles about 655 tons of cardboard, office paper and newsprint each year. Every ton of recycled product decreases NARIF’s budget by the $40 per ton it costs to dispose of it. Revenues are gained from the sale of the recyclables.
In other business Thursday morning, NARIF directors elected their officers for 2002-2003.
Cliff Chasse of Madawaska is chairman, Andrew McQuarrie of Frenchville is vice chairman, and Laurel Daigle of Fort Kent is secretary-treasurer.