109 Board accepts $2.75 million bid for new center

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Construction on self-service trash, recycling center will begin in spring

By Lisa King

Shelby County’s planned solid-waste facility moved a step closer to reality Thursday when a contractor for the project was selected from eight bids.

Dugan & Meyer Construction of Louisville was the lowest bidder, agreeing to complete the facility on Windhurst Way in Shelbyville for $2,751,850, the amount that had been projected for the project. The total cost for the new facility, including land purchase and consulting fees is about $3.2 million.

When the 109 Board, the entity that manages solid waste, met for its regular meeting Thursday at the Stratton Center, chair Rusty Newton, and board members Kerry Magan and Tom Rockaway, along with Project Coordinator Tim Ball, agreed to send a letter of acceptance to the company and to include an incentive clause in the contract as a possible money-saving agent.

Magan said the company should be sent a letter informing them of the board’s decision.

“I will draft a letter telling them and send it to you and you can send it on to them with our letterhead on it,” Ball told Newton.

If the company is able to come up with any cost-savings measures through the purchase they are encouraged to do so, said Ball, adding that they would be able to retain a portion of the savings.

Ball noted that he will keep a close watch on the contractors to ensure that cost-saving measures do not come at the expense of quality materials and construction.

Construction of the facility is expected to begin this spring, with completion scheduled for November.

After conducting a series of public meetings around the county to get feedback, the project was put on hold last February while city and county officials led discussions on the possibility of uniting to create curbside trash and recycling pickup for all residents. When that fell through in June, the 109 Board returned to its concept to replace the Convenience Center in Waddy and the Recycling Center on 7th Street by combining services on the 25 acres it had purchased in 2011 for $655,000.

The 109 Board is funded by a 3.5 cents-per-$100-assessed-value tax on real estate. With the completion of the new facility, the board will begin to institute a usage fee of 3 cents per-pound of trash taken to the center. Newton said the only items that customers would be charged to unload would be household garbage and bulk trash. There will be no charge for 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.

The 109 Board meets every second Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Stratton Center. The public is invited to attend.