News and Tribune

March 27, 2014

Commissioners ask for help on recycling in Clark County

ALSO: Zoning changes for distillery, cell tower approved; Borden plan approved

By MATT KOESTERS
matt.koesters@newsandtribune.com

CLARK COUNTY — Six 20-yard bins currently serve the recycling needs of the unincorporated areas of the county.

If the Clark County Solid Waste Board doesn’t come up with a way to fund the service, that number could become zero.

The Clark County Commissioners announced Thursday that it’s open to suggestions on how to keep recycling going in the county, but the county’s financial situation means the $60,000 price tag is too high.

Ecotech and QRS currently service the bins and keep the revenue generated by the recycled materials. The commissioners had briefly considered buying the equipment needed to run the program in-house, but that idea has fallen by the wayside.

“We don’t want to get into the recycling business,” said Commissioner Rick Stephenson.

“Our tendency now is to more look at [the] solid waste [board] taking care of that service,” Commissioners President Jack Coffman said.

Although the solid waste board will be working on finding a way to fix the problem, Coffman said he and the commissioners are open to suggestions, and invited the public to email the board or call the office with ideas.

Commissioner John Perkins pointed out that residents in municipalities like Jeffersonville and Clarksville pay an additional fee for recycling, while residents in the county receive the service for free. He said that it would be appropriate to pay a fee to keep the program going.

“I think people out there like those bins,” Perkins said. “We’ll find out how much when we have some public hearings to see how much they like them, because here’s what it’s going to cost you.”

ZONING MATTERS

Fresh from receiving its approval by the Clark County Plan Commission, the Borden Comprehensive Plan got its unanimous approval from the commissioners.

There was little discussion on the matter prior to the vote. Town Attorney Allen Morris, Town Council President Rudy Cook and Amy Williams, principal with Taylor Siefker Williams, which designed the plan, were on hand to answer the commissioners’ questions, but their attendance turned out to be unneeded.

The commissioners also gave their unanimous approval to several zoning changes, including requests from Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards for a zoning change to allow the construction of a distillery and from AT&T for the construction of a 180-foot cell phone tower in Charlestown.