Albemarle supervisors are continuing talks about how to deal with trash in the county. Wednesday night the board discussed what the county's next steps are in the process of adding new recycling centers but a change in scheduling could cost the county tens of thousands of dollars.
The board voted to renew the contract at McIntire Recycling for another year, but the bigger issue was narrowing down a site for the first private trash convenience center. The county is in the process of transitioning from public to privatized trash convenience centers, and the big question is where the first of the three centers, scheduled to be up and running by July 2014, will go.
Wednesday, supervisors were supposed to vote on one of two sites - one at Mill Creek Drive or one in Keene - but decided at the last minute that more public input was necessary.
"I think that staff thought that the town hall meeting that was held down at Yancey sufficed for that, and supervisors thought that we ought to have a formal public hearing, so that's what we voted to do,” said Supervisor Ken Boyd.
That meeting miscommunication may come with a hefty price tag; the contract with the Ivy convenience center runs out next June. The plan was for the first new center to be open by the time Ivy closes but adding in a public hearing throws everything off schedule.
"We either have to get an extension from Rivanna to keep Ivy open for a couple more months or have a period of time there where we don't have a service at all,” Boyd said.
Keeping the Ivy center open for an additional three months would cost the county $75,000.
The public will get a chance to weigh in on both sites, but there has not yet been a date set for the public hearing.
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