Con­ve­nience cen­ters to stay open

5 fa­cil­i­ties cho­sen based on ge­og­ra­phy giv­ing New­ton County cit­i­zens ac­cess

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DAR­RYL WELCH dwelch@cov­

COV­ING­TON — The New­ton County Solid Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (SWMA) heard a pro­posal to keep five con­ve­nience cen­ters, plus one cen­ter to be used ex­clu­sively for re­cy­cling and yard waste, at its spe­cial called meet­ing Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Solid Waste Man­ager Kevin Wal- ter also briefed mem­bers on the pro­posed fees to use the cen­ters.

The five cen­ters pro­posed to re­main open are Adams Cir­cle, Stone Road, Ste­wart, Piper Road-36 and Oak Hill. Wal­ter said these cen­ters were cho­sen based on ge­og­ra­phy, giv­ing cit­i­zens in all parts of New­ton County ac­cess to a cen­ter close to them.

Wal­ter pro­posed a hang­tag fee of $144 be charged to use the cen­ters. The cen­ters will ac­cept house­hold trash, bulk waste, re­cy­clables and yard waste.

The By­pass con­ve­nience cen­ter will re­main open only for re­cy­cling and yard waste. The pro­posed hang­tag fee to use the re­cy­cling cen­ter only is $24 annually.

Wal­ter also pro­posed a $15 fee for the first 500 pounds of trash dumped for com­mer­cial haulers and pri­vate cit­i­zens who pre­fer to bring their trash to the land­fill. He dis­cussed making an im­proved and safer place for cit­i­zens to drop their trash when they come to the land­fill. Wal­ter also pro­posed all charges be rounded up to the near­est whole dol­lar.

The pro­posed hours of op­er­a­tion for the con­ve­nience cen­ters are Tues­day- Satur­day, 10 a.m. un­til 7 p.m.

Wal­ter said the pro­posed plan was de­signed to give cit­i­zens op- tions re­gard­ing their trash dis­posal, giv­ing them a choice of the con­ve­nience cen­ters, curb­side pickup or go­ing to the land­fill.

The SWMA also heard sug­ges­tions for rais­ing tip­ping fees for com­mer­cial haulers us­ing the land­fill, es­tab­lish­ing fran­chise fees and charg­ing less for the hang­tags.

No votes were taken on any fees or the con­ve­nience cen­ter pro­posal.

The SWMA will con­duct its reg­u­lar meet­ing Thurs­day, May 18 at 5:30 p.m.

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