Cochise County has removed two dumpsters briefly utilized for the Federal Government’s border fence project, due to the breach of a signed agreement stating they would be used at another location.

The County’s Public Works Department had contracted with Ultimate Dumpsters to provide two roll-offs at the Coronado National Memorial visitor center for yard waste. Ultimate Dumpsters signed an agreement on January 23 stating the roll-offs should be dropped off at 4101 W. Montezuma Canyon Road, Hereford, for the U. S. National Park Service. After looking further into the matter it was determined the National Park Service had no knowledge of the agreement.

After arriving at the visitor center on Monday, February 3, the driver was redirected to the San Pedro River, where it crosses the border near Palominas and where vegetation clearance work is currently taking place in preparation for the border fence project. The driver was redirected by the contractor hired by the federal government to clear vegetation and trees. Unfortunately the driver did report the redirection to his supervisors at the time of delivery.

This morning, when the County became aware the dumpsters were not being used at the contracted location, arrangements were immediately made to remove them.

Any member of the public or organization may rent a dumpster from the County, but must sign an agreement stating the location where it will be used. As per the County rental agreement, “The renter shall not remove the equipment from the address of the renter or the location shown herein as the place of use of the equipment without prior written approval of the owner.”

Cochise County has not been contracted or communicated with by any federal agencies to assist with the border fence project. The County has no jurisdiction with regards to projects built on federally-owned land and has not been consulted on this issue.

The Board of Supervisors plans to reach out to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ask for further information about the border fence and its environmental impacts.

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