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Fiscal court will request prices from garbage haulers

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New garbage, recycling center will break ground next week

By Lisa King

The Shelby County Fiscal Court Legislative Committee will meet with area garbage and recycling haulers on April 15 to try and nail down a price for county residents, without setting a franchise agreement or soliciting formal bids.

"It's not a contract. We are just asking them to give us a quote and to maintain that price for two years,” said Tony Carriss, committee chair and magistrate for District 6. “They may come back and choose not to do that. It's not in the ordinance, it would be in the quote proposal that we’re going to pass out to the haulers on April 15.”

But Carriss isn’t positive that fiscal court has the authority to request the prices or hold the haulers to the price.

“We’re going to ask for quotes for the actual curbside pick up in addition to recycling,” Carriss said. “Once we get the bids in, then we’re going to work with the newspaper and put it in; [saying] this is the low bid, the second lowest bid, the third lowest bid, then our residents in the county can choose to either bring it [trash] to the convenience center or choose one of those prices. So hopefully, there will be some feasible options for our senior citizens. That’s where we are on it.”

The county originally tried to work with city of Shelbyville officials on putting together a franchise ordinance, but backed away months ago after a series of public hearings led officials to believe residents did not want a franchise agreement for curbside recycling and trash pickup.

In the meantime, the Shelby County 109 Board, which oversees solid waste disposal in the county, has continued to move forward with its plans for a more than $3.2 million trash and recycling center on the west side of Shelbyville.

 

New center

Construction on the new facility, on Windhurst Way near Martinrea Heavy Stamping, will begin next week.

Rusty Newton, the 109 Board chair and deputy county judge-executive, said he expects to close the old Waddy Convenience Center late this summer and open the new center in September.

While he expects the transition to be smooth, closing the old center on one day and opening the new one the next, he said plans would be in place to protect against a delay with the new center.

“Even if we move out of there [Waddy] before the new one opens, we’ll have a temporary place [for people to bring trash],” he said.

The only reason there would be a delay would be to move machinery must from the old location to the new one, which could take longer than anticipated, he said.

Newton said that originally, the plan had been to close the Waddy center in June, but that changed when construction on the new location was delayed by inclement weather and other factors.

Newton said he also expects the close down the 7th Street Recycling Center when the new center opens.

And he plans to hire a new facility director when the new center opens. He has been serving as acting director of the Waddy facility.

Funding for the $45,000 per year position of solid waste director, which is being advertised, will come out of the 109 Board’s budget, which will largely come from revenue on a new 3-cent-per-pound fee for household trash when the new center opens. The board also receives 3.5 cents-per-$100-assessed-value tax on real estate.

The new center, at no charge, will also accept brush, compost, fill material or recyclable materials, including computers, plastic, batteries, appliances, motor oil, newspapers, aluminum cans, steel, cardboard, paper, glass, ink jets and toner cartridges and cell phones.