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Albemarle Supervisors Consider Location for Convenience Center

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The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors is set to pick the site for a new convenience center in a month. It's one of three centers on the table to make it easier to take out the garbage.

Fred Levering travels from his western Albemarle home to unload his trash at the McIntire Recycling Center. It's a trip that could be shortened as early as this summer.

"I think that's probably a very good idea. I've been told the lines out at Ivy can take half a day,” said Levering.

Albemarle County is moving forward with three, privately run convenience centers. They would be located in the western, northern and southern portions of the county.

"We're trying first and foremost to make sure those people who have trouble getting a commercial trash collection firm to pick up material at their house, they have a place to take it,” said Mark Graham, director of community development for Albemarle County. 

Supervisors have to decide on two sites - one in Esmont near the post office, the other along Mill Creek Drive near the Monticello Fire Station.

"Depending on where they're located in the county, I think it would be very helpful for people,” said Levering.

The county says the centers would look similar to the McIntire Recycling Center in Charlottesville.

"Garbage is not put on the ground. It's not a dump. It's not a place where you see large piles of junk laying around,” said Graham.

The county says each facility could cost up to $400,000. With Albemarle opting out of funding the Ivy Transfer Station, the centers would save the county between $300,000 and $400,000. 

The first center should be open by July, the other two following within a year. Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the southern Albemarle convenience center on January 8 at the Albemarle County Office Building.

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