A lot of research went into the design, he said.
Fowler said the town is doing a good job with the facility it has, but more can be done. But it can’t be done at a higher cost than what the town originally planned to pay.
“It needs to be large enough,” he said, “but not bid out for $4 or $5 million.”
Derry started mandatory recycling in the 1990s. The new facility would offer more space and more opportunities to separate glass, plastic and other materials.
Keeping the design within the $3 million mark is proving a challenge, but Fowler said he’s hopeful it can be done. The project could go out to bid by the spring.
Fowler said the town’s Energy/Environmental Advisory group is also on board to give input on what would work best in a new transfer station design.
“I wish we were a little further along,” he said. “We’re still trying to refine this, but are not ready to proceed as of yet.”