BOC approves widening of landfill
Commission also purchases fire safety house with grant
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.