Thursday, December 30, 2010
Recycling company seeks site
By SUE WATSON
A company that recycles cardboard, plastic and metal is taking a look at Marshall County to possibly open a facility.
Company representatives are in discussion with three parties, including the Marshall County Board of Supervisors, concerning the possible lease of a building to set up operation. Company representatives say they will first take cardboard and plastics and add metal recycling later.
In county road projects planned for possibly the spring, county engineer Larry Britt suggested the county postpone filing of a striping project plan with State Aid to spend funds until the county has a chance to repair portions of its roads in advance of striping.
“We could delay striping and do a little reseal and stripe over it,” he said. “Or on some roads, we would stripe right across potholes. The county could fix the potholes ahead of time. We’re not talking hundreds of thousands of dollars for Larry (Hall) to fill potholes.”
Hall agreed that waiting to repair potholes and cracking shoulders would be a good idea.
Britt said the county could wait for more state funding to perhaps do the entire project instead of leaving about 17 miles of striping to the county to pay for while the state would stripe about 48 miles of state-maintained roads with state funds.
“Who knows, by spring we may have the money to reseal (the damaged county roads),” said supervisor George Zinn III.
Britt said once the project is programmed, the county can’t go back and ask to make changes. It is better to let the county road department patch and fill potholes first, he said.
The state will pay for striping of the center line and edges of the roads and add reflectors and signage at a cost of about $6,000 a mile, Britt said. If roads are not too narrow, State Aid will also install reflectors on the shoulder striping which greatly enhances road safety for drivers.
Hall said he wants stripes on the edges and reflectors.
“Once I do the program there is no changing it,” Britt repeated.
Hall said he could get the county roads ready if Britt could get the money for striping.
“It’s kind of like painting old shoes,” Hall said. “It makes them look a lot better.”
Zinn said waiting would delay the striping project only about three months.
In other business, the board:
• approved taking bids for bridge work January 18 on the Callicutt Road bridges.
• discussed due process in two separate complaints to the zoning board involving subdivision rules and covenants. Attorney Kent Smith said subdivision homeowner associations are responsible for enforcing subdivision covenants, but often residents try to side step the responsibility of enforcing their covenants by complaining to the zoning board.
Two recent complaints the county is seeking injunctive orders against involve a property where a new resident has old untagged cars and a horse kept in a small lot, and a property where an automotive body painting business has been set up without a permit in a subdivision.
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