Pocahontas Solid Waste Authority Meeting

At their March Meeting, the Pocahontas County Solid Waste Authority held a Public Hearing to get input from the public on the Green Box Fee. Expecting a rowdy and contentious hearing as has happened in the past, we covered this meeting, which lasted about 30 seconds. Ed Riley, Chairman of the Authority called the Public Hearing meeting to order.

“The meeting to address any public comments on the green box fees was publically advertised on the radio and newspaper” said Riley. “It was set for seven o’clock and so we have Tim walker from the radio station, and if you want to make a comment you have the option to about the fee. So that concludes the hearing on the green box fee since we don’t have anyone else to show up.”

Well, after that meeting concluded, the Authority opened its regular monthly meeting.  Two of the 5 members of the Authority were physically present at the meeting – Chairman Ed Riley and Paul Rader. A third member attended via telephone conference call – Jim Burks.

After approval of minutes from their February meeting and the approval of payment of bills, the Authority took up the approval of the application for the2017 Solid Waste Management Board Grant. Mary Clendenen, Office Administrator of the Solid Waste Authority talked about what would be included in the $20,000.

“At the last meeting we discussed requesting a new aerator, 8 green boxes and 5000 educational pamphlets” said Clendenen. “The Aerator costs us $10,000, the green boxes are 65 hundred delivered and the educational pamphlets are $500.00. And we also thought of an additional item we are going to need – it’s a landfill cover tarp, and we are thinking $2000 would be a sufficient amount to request for that. So that would bring us up to a total of $19,000. And I wanted to see if that suits everyone with items we would like to request in the grant this year.”

The Board voted to approve those items to be included in the grant application. They also approved a resolution which is required for them to apply for the grant.

The solid Waste Authority Board also opened and considered 3 sealed bids to purchase 7 Roll Off Containers.  Ed Riley names the low bid.

“The low bid came back to Custom Container Solutions for $48,825.00” said Riley.  “So do we have a motion that we accept this bid contingent to approval by the West Virginia REEP Program?”

The Board voted to accept the bid.

That concluded the meeting.  The green box fees will be set at the Solid Waste Authority Board’s April 27th meeting; however the opportunity for public comment ended with this meeting.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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