BOC ap­proves widen­ing of land­fill

Com­mis­sion also pur­chases fire safety house with grant

The Covington News - - Local News - By Rachel Oswald

The New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers of­fi­cially adopted the county’s Mul­ti­Juris­dic­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Plan, which in­cludes plans for the widen- ing of the county’s land­fill, at their Tues­day meet­ing.

The adop­tion of the plan was largely a house­keep­ing mea­sure as it had al­ready been in­tro­duced and ap­proved by the board in Fe­bru­ary.

Ac­cord­ing to the plan, lined mu­nic­i­pal solid waste land­fills and un­lined construction de­mo­li­tion waste land­fills will all be con­sol­i­dated into a lined land­fill, which will be much bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment. The land­fill will be ex­panded by fill­ing in the un­oc­cu­pied space be­tween the cur­rent four waste sites to cre­ate one large land­fill.

Per­mit re­quests for the ex­pan­sion are pend­ing with the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Divi­sion.

The board also ap­proved the pur­chase of a $57,100 fire safety house for the fire depart­ment. Fund­ing for the pur­chase comes from a $45,680 Home­land Se­cu­rity Grant and an $11,420 lo­cal match from the county.

The fire safety house will be used to teach chil­dren and adults fire safety tech­niques as well as steps to take in the event of a se­vere weather storm.

Fire Chief Mike Sat­ter­field said the fire safety house, which will oc­cupy a 36-foot trailer, is a demon­stra­tion unit used at trade shows and is in ‘like new’ con­di­tion. Be­cause it is a demo unit, the county was able to pur­chase it at a sig­nif­i­cant mark down he said.

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