2013-06-27 / Local & State

County Handles Tuesday Agenda

Discusses sewer and recycling issues
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

Fulton County commissioners Rodney McCray, Irvin Dasher and Craig Cutchall held several lengthy discussions last Tuesday covering topics ranging from sewer to electronics following a meeting with a representative of the Governor’s Office.

The commissioners sat down with Clem Malot, Patrick Bard and Paul Schmidt of the Fulton County Fair Association to discuss proposed improvements to a sewer line that runs from Lincoln Way across the fairgrounds. In addition to servicing the fairgrounds, the line also provides sewer services to adjacent Cloverleaf Court. The proposed project is to be funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and could resolve usage problems involving 30 mobile homes at Cloverleaf Court.

Malot stated the fair’s concerns stemmed from the fact the line could be rerouted and therefore would only benefit the mobile home court. In turn, Malot asked the commissioners to allow the line to run across the fairgrounds as they would continue to allow rightof way.

Craig Strait, who was on hand as a representative of the Mc- Connellsburg Sewer Authority, pointed out that the fairgrounds route would be the better of the two options as it would eliminate an existing clogging problem in the six-inch terracotta line.

It was noted CDBG money cannot be used to cover any of the costs associated with the Fair Association tapping into a new line. The commissioners agreed to pursue the route requested by the Fair Board members.

Greg Reineke, county recycling coordinator, along with Fulton County Conservation District manager Seleen Shives met with the commissioners to reiterate the challenges of their office in administering the program. Electronics are currently overflowing in many of the drop-off spots across the county, and to date the county has only been reimbursed for two or three of the five loads that have been collected and hauled away. The delay may be linked to a 180-day reimbursement cycle and is resulting in a poor cash flow for the electronics recycling program here.

The county currently does not have any available storage space to assist the Conservation District with the overflow. Reineke added the district is not permitted to throw these types of electronics away and doesn’t want to see an increase in roadside dumping.

“We have to recycle these some day, some how, according to the state,” said Reineke, who added he is asking residents to temporarily delay dropping off old television sets.

The group, in turn, returned to their conversation from several weeks earlier in discussing the possibility of leasing or renting a facility located adjacent to the Mc- Connellsburg American Legion. Offsetting rental costs could possibly occur by using Marcellus shale money from the state.

“Recycling doesn’t pay for itself 100 percent. It always costs,” said Reineke referencing transportation and storage fees.

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