Free convenience centers may end

Wednesday, April 30, 2008
County commissioners Phil Willis, left, and Mickey King consider issues during a meeting of the commission's Solid Waste Committee.

The five mayors of Marshall County should get together and explore the prospect of creating what's been called the "perfect scenario" for solid waste disposal, according to a recommendation from a County Commission committee.

Such a plan, however, could result in county residents paying for use of convenience centers, a service that they now receive at no charge because Waste Management operates them. The company pays the county a host fee of some $750,000 annually. That money is split two ways: funding the Solid Waste Department's operations, and paying Waste Management to run convenience centers.

Without that arrangement, something else must be done.

In the "perfect scenario," outlined as an option to a new commercial landfill, Marshall County and its municipalities would "come together," to deal with residential and business wastes on their own by creating a waste authority which would handle all solid waste, officials said.

Construction and operation of a trash transfer station is to be examined. The proposed waste authority would call for bids on transportation and disposal services, and ascertain whether there's a prospect of cooperation with Maury County.

According to an outline released at the committee meeting, rural and suburban service district areas would be defined. The former would have no service, but would be charged $8 to $10 for monthly use of a convenience center. The latter would include weekly curbside collection in city and rural subdivisions at a cost of $15 to $20 per month.

The idea came last week . . . .Pick up a copy of today's edition of the Marshall County Tribune, Wednesay, April 30,2008 for entire coverage.