By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Plans for the town’s new transfer station are getting some cost-saving upgrades.
Details for the proposed $3 million facility are being tweaked a bit to save money wherever possible.
That, according to Public Works Director Michael Fowler, will push the start date for construction back to the spring of 2014. Construction was supposed to begin this fall.
Fowler said some things will cost more than previously expected.
Consultants came back with a cost analysis earlier this summer and the price tag was too high.
“You put elements in (a design) that you want, then you make changes,” Fowler said.
The town wants to keep the total price tag at the planned $3 million mark.
Fowler said consultants are now doing more work to keep the project within cost, taking out things that don’t need to be included.
That next report could come in the next month.
“We will look at all costs again,” Fowler said.
Derry has an admirable recycling rate — up to 38 percent in past years with a goal to hit the 40 percent mark. That’s much better than the state’s rate of about 21 to 24 percent.
It could be even better with an expanded and updated facility, officials said. More items could be recycled and sold, bringing in more revenue for the town.
The current transfer station building dates back to 1980 and is undersized for Derry’s population.
With its aging structure, items are often unprotected and stolen, Fowler said. Materials blow around in the wind and the traffic flow plan makes for some drop-off snags as well, he said.
The updated design will offer more recycling areas and a more streamlined process, Fowler said.
A lot of research went into the design, he said. That included visiting about a dozen other communities.
Fowler said the town is doing a good job with the facility it has, but more can be done.
Derry started mandatory recycling in the 1990s. Town groups like the Go Green Committee continue efforts to educate people about recycling.
The new facility will offer more space and more opportunities to separate glass, plastic and other materials.