Work Begins on New Starke County Environmental Management Office

Photo provided by the Starke County Highway Department

Work has begun on the construction of a new Starke County Environmental Management Office.

The new facility will be built on the northwest portion of property at the Starke County Highway Garage on 250 N. in Knox. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler updated the board on the progress this week.

“Tim did the pad for the dumpsters and we built the entrance,” said Ritzler. “We’re not opening the entrance until everything is done. We’re going to pave over that and we’re going to put concrete on the ends by the pipe at the entrance. But, until then it’s going to be blocked off.”

The new office building would give envrionmental officials a location where they can oversee what materials are being left in the recycling containers to avoid excessive contamination.

The commissioners previously discussed funding the construction of the site and then lease it to the Solid Waste District. The cost is about $28,700 with an automated gate.