Bernier wants glass recycling in Pocahontas County
Don't start saving up your old bottles just yet, but glass recycling could be coming to Pocahontas County.
During the July 28 meeting of the Pocahontas County Solid Waste Authority (SWA), newly-appointed board member Doug Bernier said local residents have asked him why there was no glass recycling in Pocahontas County, when neighboring counties offer the service.
Bernier learned that Highland County, Virginia, recycles glass using a mobile collection system and asked why Pocahontas County doesn't offer a similar service.
The board agreed to have SWA office manager Mary Clendenen learn the details of how Highland County is recycling glass to determine if the process could be used in Pocahontas County.
In response to a previous inquiry by board member Jim Burks, Clendenen informed the board that, during the period January 1 to June 1, 2010, contract attorney Eugene Simmons had been responsible for collection of $5,109 in past due green box fees. During the same period, according to Clendenen, the attorney had been paid $8,033.
Board chairman Ed Riley reminded the board that the attorney had also obtained more than $100,000 in liens against property for the SWA.
Landfill manager Jody Alderman informed the board that the flow rate on the leachate pond's sand filters was very low and that the sand might need to be replaced later this year. Alderman said the discharge water meets established standards, but that the low flow could create long-term problems.ﾠ
Riley said that poor oxygenation of the leachate water was a likely cause of the filter problem and that installation of an already-purchased but yet-to-be-delivered aerator system might help alleviate the problem.
The board agreed to pay one-half of the landfill lease payment, $9,000, early, at the request of the property owner. Dorothy Fertig, of Dunmore, had requested the early payment, which is normally due on November 24.
The board approved July's financial statement, which indicated receipts of $39,670.65, including $27,057.39 in tipping fees and $10,276.75 in green box fees; and outlays of $47,692.93, including $37,026.75 in administrative costs and $10,666.18 in landfill expenses.
The next regular meeting of the SWA is scheduled for August 25, 8 p.m. at the county courthouse jury room.