$160 fee delayed again by county?

Friday, November 20, 2009

An annual $160 solid waste fee proposed for Marshall County households - those not served by municipal trash collection services or contracts with Waste Management - probably won't be the subject of a vote Monday when the County Commission meets.

Two commissioners said that item on the commissioners' agenda would probably be withdrawn when it's called for consideration during the commission meeting. The fee is part of a short-term plan on what the county must do if the state denies an expansion permit for Cedar Ridge Landfill.

Commission Chairman Billy Spivey said Wednesday night the resolution authorizing the collection of a solid waste disposal fee will be "pulled" from consideration.

In a separate comment later, Commissioner Don Ledford, chairman of the county's Solid Waste Committee, substantiated Spivey's prediction: "I think the others on the committee will agree" to postponing the decision.

The resolution could be adopted with a caveat. The fee won't be imposed if the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation grants a permit for expansion of the landfill on property with a sinkhole at Cedar Ridge that's already surrounded by buried garbage. Thursday morning, TDEC's spokeswoman said no decision had been made on the expansion permit request. A decision may be expected this month, according to several state and local officials who quote the man who's to issue the decision.

The $160 fee resolution has been delayed before. How to bill residents for the fee has been part of the on-going discussion on what to do. When billing should start is another issue.

Waste Management Inc., the parent company for Cedar Ridge Landfill, has a contract with the county and it's required to give 90-days notice when it is to stop providing services. That largely depends on its ability to continue to accept trash for burial at the landfill. There have been various estimates issued on when the landfill will be full. It depends on the rate and size of deliveries.

Other matters set for commissioners consideration at their 6 p.m. meeting include:

* Renewing of a contract for the recycling of used tires.

* Appointing two people to fill vacant seats on the school board and one to the planning commission.

* Naming the Verona-Caney Road bridge over the Duck River for Alex Allen, a beloved dairyman in that community.

* Recognizing the Chapel Hill Lions Club for its generosity and service to the county.

* Authorizing County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett to apply for an energy efficiency grant.

* Amending the county's contract with Cornersville for ambulance service.

* Modifying a county personnel policy.