The Fort Knox Garrison Com­mand and Hardin County Gov­ern­ment have reached a tentative refuse tran­sport­ation and disposal agreement benefiting taxpayers by about $400,000 annually.

According to a news release, the agreement is not final until approved by the Department of the Army and Hardin County Fiscal Court. However, approval by both entities is expected soon.

Under the Intergovernmental Sup­port Agreement, Hardin County Government – using a private con­tractor – will transport Fort Knox com­mercial refuse to Hardin County’s Pearl Hollow Landfill and operate Fort Knox’s construction debris landfill. The tentative agreement decreases Fort Knox’s costs by about $200,000 and provides a new revenue source to Hardin County netting about $200,000, the release said.

“The Army has made IGSA’s a priority as an avenue to enhance mission readiness and create efficiencies in an era of reduced resources,” said Col. C.J. King, Fort Knox garrison commander, in the release.

“This partnership helps our installation sustain base operations and services while also enabling Hardin County Government to maximize their resources. We appreciate Har­din County Government’s partnership in achieving a significant and mutually beneficial outcome.”

Judge-Executive Harry Berry in the release praised the achievement of the agreement as yet another example of Hardin County Gov­ern­ment optimizing and creating opportunities for revenue growth without negatively impacting taxpayers.

“Today marks another huge win for Hardin County taxpayers,” Berry said. “Once again, Deputy Judge-Executive Daniel London is the chief architect in brokering a win/win for taxpayers through a public/public/private partnership. The optimization and deal-making he has accomplished in his two years as deputy judge-executive has netted Hardin County taxpayers over $3 million dollars annually through new revenue and cost avoidances. This is unprecedented and deserves our recognition and utmost appreciation.”

Hardin County Fiscal Court is ex­pec­ted to approve Red River Waste Solutions as the contract carrier for the Fort Knox Refuse and Con­struc­tion De­bris later this month. According to the release, they will begin work on or about April 1, 2020.

“We have put yet another win in the column for the taxpayers,” London said in the release. “We are continuing to build momentum for seeking new ways of doing business through public/private partnerships. This is yet another example of optimization over taxation and it’s by no means the last win we are going to achieve.”

Red River Waste Solutions, headquartered in Dripping Springs, Texas, has been in operation since 1953 and operates in five states, serving more than 1,000,000 people.

“We are excited to have another opportunity to serve Hardin County and the Army,” said Steve Smith, Red River’s vice-president for development, the release. “Our experience in this market and long relationship with the Department of Defense makes this a natural fit that enhances a mutually beneficial business relationship.”

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