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New trash, recycling center will soon get public hearing

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Construction scheduled to begin in spring 2013

By Lisa King

Plans to construct a new convenience center are continuing, with the next step being a public hearing, although there has not yet been a specific date set, officials said.

“It’s going good, we are preparing for public meetings to present what we have and get input from the public on our new facility,” said Rusty Newton, chairman of the Shelby County 109 Taxing District Board.

The new center, which will be on a 25-acre site on Windhurst Way, off of Old Brunerstown Road near Martinrea, will eventually replace the current Shelby County Convenience Center located in Waddy and the recycling center on 7th Street with plenty of room for growth. The two current facilities only occupy a combined 4 acres.

“Once we have [the public input], we’ll take the information we gather and plug that in with what we have, and then we’ll be ready to send it for design,” Newton said, adding that he could not provide any details yet on the new facility, such as square footage or storage capacity.

Listed on county tax bills as the landfill, the 109 Board spent nearly $653,529 last fall on the 25-acre site, which is already zoned appropriately for the operation.

Newton said the property was purchased with money from the 109 Board’s surplus fund, and the building itself will be paid for the same way.

He said if more funding is needed, then the board would take out a loan for the remainder.

However, that shouldn’t be the case.

According to the State Auditor’s report released last week on the finances of special districts in Kentucky, the 109 Board has more than $3.6 million in carryover funds.

Newton said several months ago that they expected to begin construction this fall, but said Friday that has been pushed back to the spring of 2013.

“We haven’t had any problems, it’s just that the process takes time because we’re talking about a facility that is going to have to serve the county for the next twenty-five to thirty years,” he said. “And solid waste is very important. We have to make sure the facility is designed to fulfill the needs of the residents. We don’t want to rush it, because it has to be done right, because if it’s not, we could have serious problems. It’s just a matter now of taking the time to get our ideas together. We’ve had several different renderings presented to us by the engineering firm that we hired out of Cincinnati, and we’re at a point where we feel comfortable with what we have, but we’re not going to make a final decision until we have input from the public.”

Newton said the idea behind constructing the new facility, which doesn’t have an official name yet, is that, in addition to expanding the county’s recycling operation, it will make things more convenient for the majority of the county’s residents.

“We had to do something to centralize our location to make it accessible for all the communities in our county,” Newton said.

“The old center will remain in operation after the new facility opens, but it will only accept household garbage,” Newton said. “Right now, it takes bulk items, too, and brush and rock and concrete. After it opens, the only thing that people will be able to take to Waddy is household trash.”