More than six months after a fire engulfed its facility, the Blue Mountain Transfer Station, 1469 Blue Mountain Road in Port Angeles, is set to reopen this Saturday.
The facility that offers garbage and recycling services was slated to reopen within 2-3 months after the Nov. 10, 2013, fire but Bob Martin, Clallam County Public Works administrative director, said there wasn’t any one specific reason on the delay.
“It took longer than I wanted to take with things like ordering materials and installation,” he said.
Crews with the county roads maintenance department and contractors continue to rebuild the structure this week and will continue to work through the opening.
The transfer station is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Previously, the facility was open Saturdays only for recycling due to the fire’s damage.
Clallam County Fire District 3 investigated the fire that destroyed the business office, employee break area and burned off the roof that covered the garbage and cardboard recycling dumpsters but did not make any conclusions on its cause.
The facility was closed at the time of the fire on a Sunday night and no injuries were reported. A large pressure tank inside the building did explode causing a loud boom. Twenty firefighters from Districts 3 and 2 fought the blaze and mopped up hotspots for more than two hours.
Martin said one of the final steps for reopening was Waste Connections, which operates the facility with one employee, reassembling trash scales.
Total reconstruction costs came to about $50,000, Martin said, but the county had a $5,000 fire insurance deductible.
Clallam County owned the buildings that burned down and leases the site from the Department of Natural Resources while the City of Port Angeles operates the contract with Waste Connections, which operates the facility. The City of Port Angeles partners in an inter-local solid waste disposal agreement with Clallam County and the City of Sequim.
In the facility’s off-hours, customers are referred to the Regional Transfer Station in Port Angeles, 3501 W. 18th St., from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The City of Sequim offers curbside recycling and trash pickup with glass recycling available at the City of Sequim shop, 169 W. Hemlock St., and in front of the Evergreen Collision Center, 703 E. Washington St.