The pace of business activity at the Adobe Buttes landfill and the North Fork transfer station are looked to as an indicator of what may be taking place in the overall economy of Delta County.
The county commissioners are keenly sensitive to any indication that recent mine layoffs are having negative effects in the business community.
A report on landfill activity Monday indicated that business at both the landfill and transfer station are down somewhat this year compared with last year.
The 13,671 tons of material received at Adobe Buttes through June 30 this year is off by about 2,500 tons (about 18 percent) from last year, the report stated.
Deposits made at the North Fork transfer station through June 30 weigh in at 383 tons, down about 30 tons (almost 8 percent) from last year.
The June 30 total of 159 tons of recyclables is up about three tons (less than 2 percent) from last year, according to the report given to the commissioners.
While tonnages are down, the number of customers visiting the landfill and transfer station each day remains fairly consistent. Adobe Buttes gets about 22 customers per day and the transfer station about the same number. That led commissioners to speculate more people may be hauling their own trash rather than using commercial services.
Other anecdotal economic indicators noted at the BoCC’s meetings include the following:
• A representative of the Delta County Board of Realtors reported that real estate sales are “flat” compared with last year.
• A town board treasurer’s report in Cedaredge showed sales tax revenues there are down by 2 percent over last year.
• The county’s share of local sales tax revenue is essentially flat for the first seven months of this year — up 1.8 percent.
• There are about 25,000 used tires at the landfill. There will be another tire shredding operation scheduled in a couple of years. The last time there was a tire shredding operation, about two and a half years ago, the used tire pile had reached 125,000 to 130,000 and took 11 days to dispose of.
• Commissioner Doug Atchley noted the difficulty of getting “any good, hard data” of a timely nature that would provide a real basis for guidance on economic matters.