Funding sought for transfer station

Friday, October 24, 2008

Marshall County commissioners are set on Monday to vote on borrowing more money -- this time for a trash transfer station because Cedar Ridge Landfill is running out of space.

Also set for the 6 p.m. meeting in the Courthouse Annex on Lewisburg's public square are several appointments since Commissioner Joe B. Brandon resigned, and one of them is to a seat on the Marshall/Maury Regional Solid Waste Board.

Last year, the regional board forwarded county commissioners' vote to allow expansion of Cedar Ridge Landfill to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation but TDEC's examination of the expansion plan as set aside when Lewisburg's City Council acquired authority over the landfill. TDEC is waiting for the city to decide whether to permit expansion.

Commissioner Mickey King has been recommended by County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett to succeed Brandon on the Regional Solid Waste Board and the county's Board of Public Utilities, two panels that have been controversial in recent years because of Cedar Ridge and its owner, Waste Management Inc.

Marshall County has a contract with Waste Management for disposal of trash collected at convenience centers, but the contract is only good if there is space available at Cedar Ridge. That landfill's ability to receive trash is decreasing and it's unclear whether the Lewisburg and the state will permit expansion.

As a result, the county's solid waste and budget committee are recommending that commissioners authorize Liggett "to secure a funding method for a trnsfer station that will supply Marshall County's solid waste needs," according to the resolution set for a vote Monday.

Commissioners have already taken steps toward borrowing up to $425,000 for recycling equipment. That debt is to be repaid from the sale of recyclable plastic, paper and metal.

King's appointment to succeed Brandon on two panels is among several pending changes in county leadership.

Sixth District residents Tony White and Sheldon Davis have applied to be appointed to succeed Brandon on the commission.

Mike Keny is the only applicant for the seat left open on the School Board by Tim Harrison who represented the 5th District

Shelbyville-based lawyer Ginger Shofner is recommended to succeed Lee Bowles as county attorney.