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Waste officials seek communication

August 08, 1997

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority officials asked the county commissioners for money and to take the time to tour their facilities so the two groups could work more closely together.

County commissioners voted 4-1 to approve a loan to the solid waste authority of $4,000 to obtain a bond.

The commissioners tabled a request from the solid waste authority to support the free dumping days on the last Wednesday of each month.

Solid Waste Authority co-chairmen Jim McGowen and Dirk Stansbury requested the county pay about $700 a month to support the free day at the landfill.

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The landfill has been closed, but the Solid Waste Authority continues to accept trash as a transfer station.

The Solid Waste Authority has to pay to have the trash hauled to other landfills so the free days have proven costly, they said.

They believe the free days help to get people interested in dropping off their trash at the transfer station so that they come at other times during the month when payment is required.

They also believe that the free days keep some residents from illegally dumping their trash on the side of the road.

The Solid Waste Authority officials said they would like to pursue state grants in an attempt to help clean up the litter in Jefferson County.

They also are seeking to expand the recycling program at Jefferson County.

One way the Solid Waste Authority is working to make back some of the money they spend is by selling mulch produced from wood pallets dropped off at the site, they said.

Once the pallets are go through a grinder, a magnetized roller gets the nails out, they said.

Even the nails are sold as scrap metal.

The Solid Waste Authority is responsible for overseeing the landfill, which was taken from Jefferson County officials after it was found to be leaking into the ground water table.

The landfill, which was officially closed in July by the state, has been capped off with soil and the Solid Waste Authority, a state agency, will monitor the test wells for the next 30 years.

"We're just volunteers trying to run a complicated operation," McGowen said.

"I feel we have a responsibility to work with you guys the best we can," said County Commissioner R. Gregory Lance.

But Lance said the county commissioners have to check to see how much assistance they can provide legally and financially.

"They changed the rules we have to play by," Lance said.

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