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New solid waste board approves recycling contract

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A Crawfordsville recycling business will continue providing public recycling bins throughout Montgomery County.

In one of their first orders of business, members of the newly-formed Montgomery County Solid Waste Management District Board on Monday approved the latest contract with W Enterprises.

The district will pay the company $6,050 per month to maintain bins at North Montgomery High School, Southmont High School, New Ross and Waveland, along with a recycling trailer at the Rodney L. Jenkins Memorial Yard Waste Site.

The board later plans to seek an additional appropriation for the recycling bin in Waynetown, where town officials had split the cost in half with the West Central Solid Waste District.

Montgomery County pulled out of West Central at the end of last year in a cost-saving move and formed its own district to reduce and recover solid waste.

No changes are expected right away, but the board must develop a waste management plan — which county administrator Tom Klein is currently drafting — and submit it to the state before May 1.

The seven-member board is made up of the county commissioners: Dan Guard, who was appointed as chair, John Frey and Jim Fulwider, along with Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, who was selected as vice chair.

The other members include Bob Cox, who represents the Waynetown Town Council; Stan Hamilton, representing the Crawfordsville City Council; and Don Mills, representing the Montgomery County Council.

Auditor Jennifer Andel was named the board’s controller, overseeing the payment of claims.

A three-member citizen advisory committee was appointed to provide input on district operations, including the budget. The committee members include Jim Johnson; Sam Newlin, who as owner of T&S Trash Service and Transfer Station represents the solid waste industry; and Jennie Veach.

The committee is required to meet at least four times a year, with two meetings being joint sessions with the board.

The board formally adopted the district’s 2021 budget, which was already approved by the county council. The $107,000 budget is funded by contributions from the county and city.

Regular board meetings are set for 9 a.m. the second Monday of the month in the Crawfordsville City Council chambers at the City Building.

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