County gets up­date from San­tek con­cern­ing rate in­crease at land­fill

Calhoun Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Brandi Owczarz

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Gor­don County Ad­min­is­tra­tor Jim Led­bet­ter told the Board that the orig­i­nal contract with San­tek was ef­fec­tive Feb. 1, 2006 with a 20-year term. On Nov. 17, 2010, an amend­ment was added with an au­to­matic re­newal of a 20-year term that makes the ex­pi­ra­tion date 2046. That re­newal was made in con­junc­tion with San­tek’s ex­pan­sion of the land­fill by way of in­creas­ing the slopes and ca­pac­ity of the land­fill, go­ing ver­ti­cal with ex­pan­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to Led­bet­ter, San­tek’s fees are gov­erned by the contract and they have the right to es­tab­lish their fees.

“So, I ap­pre­ci­ate the con­ces­sion they are mak­ing and stick­ing to a min­i­mum charge of $21 in­stead of go­ing with the $36.50 af­ter the first of the year,” said Led­bet­ter.

“We’ve tried to do what is right for the Gor­don County ci­ti­zens,” said Fuquea.

Led­bet­ter also pointed out that, since Jan­uary 2014, San­tek has paid Gor­don County ap­prox­i­mately $ 1.7 mil­lion dol­lars in host fees. “So it’s im­por­tant to know that we are mak­ing money from the land­fill through San­tek.”

Fuquea noted that all post­clo­sure fees are paid back to the County as well.

Ac­cord­ing to Fuquea, San­tek is just a cou­ple of months away from start­ing a new cell con­struc­tion at the land­fill, which is planned to be­gin in early fall. “That’s an ex­pense that we know we’ve got to take care of and it helps the life of the land­fill,” said Fuquea. “We will tie on to the hill at the land­fill, put a liner down and pre­pare the bot­tom for the project.”

The cost of the ex­pan­sion of the new cell is pro­jected to be be­tween $1.2 and $1.6 mil­lion.

Fuquea also men­tioned that Red­bone Ridge Land­fill also of­fers recycling at no charge to the pub­lic. “We take recycling at no charge but are ac­tu­ally hav­ing to pay for recycling to get it pro­cessed now,” said Fuquea. “We could pre­vi­ously sell it, but now we are ac­tu­ally hav­ing to pay a fee per ton to get that re­cy­cled. We are go­ing to con­tinue to do that be­cause it’s the right thing to do.”

It was pointed out that for any ques­tions con­cern­ing the land­fill, in­clud­ing costs, the pub­lic could call the land­fill at 706-629-5633.

Led­bet­ter gave an up­date on fi­nan­cial re­port­ing and sig­nif­i­cant projects, which in­cluded:

-SPLOST and LOST rev­enue both in­creased 5.37 per­cent over the prior year for the month of April.

- The Board of Com­mis­sion­ers will vote on ap­proval of the rec­om­mended bud­get for fis­cal year 20182019 at the next meet­ing on June 19.

-Due to a lack of agree­ment, a dead­line ex­ten­sion to Oct. 31, 2018 has been re­quested for House Bill 489- Ser­vice De­liv­ery Strat­egy.

- The pro­posed Com­pre­hen­sive Plan is un­der re­view at Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Af­fairs. Af­ter DCA ap­proval, the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers will need to adopt it by res­o­lu­tion.

- The walls and roof are about com­plete at the new an­i­mal shel­ter. LG Hausys has of­fered to do­nate the coun­ter­tops for the new

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