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Q: There are piles of rocks next to an RV dealer on Bob Barton Road in Jerome. Why is it a dumping area?

A: “We’re on a non-municipal use permit,” said Laine Harbaugh, owner at Southern Idaho RV and Marine. “This location is licensed with a special use permit to operate the dealership.”

They use approved fill in low areas on their land. The dealership is then leveling it to expand their parking area. They have recently paved a new leveled area. Rocks and concrete are pulverized to derive topsoil.

Harbaugh said they work with licensed contractors bringing in fill at 60 Bob Barton Road, Jerome. All loads must be checked in at the office before dumping.

The largest users are state and federal government with contracts for asphalt and paving. “School districts use our fill,” said Harbaugh.

Nathan Jerke with the Idaho Transportation Department said “ITD does not contribute to the fill area along Bob Barton Road. However, contractors working under a state contract may have used the location in the past but not recently. Any waste material from a contract – whether it is rock, dirt, or other materials – is the possession of the contractor and it must find its own location to dispose of it provided it was cleared of potential damage to cultural, historical, and environmental resources as well as complying with state and local land use policies.”

“ITD does not purchase fill material from this location,” said Jerke. “Most of the material produced for ITD work comes from state-owned rock quarries and material sources. Contractors utilize state and privately-owned rock quarries and other resource-cleared locations. Fill material can be purchased under contract as long as it passes material specification and testing requirements. I am not aware of any ITD road project using material from the RV dealership area.”

The Jerome Highway District has their own quarry because they have to be very careful with contamination.

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“Everything is inspected, insured, and approved. No waste is accepted,” said Harbaugh. Unauthorized dumping has penalties. Harbaugh’s attorney Steven McRae was unavailable to comment.

They have been operating for about 13 years.

“It’s not open to the general public,” said Harbaugh.

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