April 10, 2012
Solid waste board still getting building details

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It will be at least another week before members of the Kanawha County solid waste board decide on a temporary sorting building for recyclables.

Members of the board voted late last month to get bids on a temporary metal building to put up at the Slack Street Recycling Center, which had been closed because of safety concerns.

The metal building would house Slack Street's paper machine and conveyors while officials with the Solid Waste Authority look for a new home for the facility.

Solid Waste Director Norm Steenstra received three bids for a metal building, but one of the builders didn't meet the bid specifications. The two remaining bids were for $97,500 and about $179,000.

In addition, solid waste officials expect to spend between $50,000 and $75,000 in site preparation work, including pouring a concrete pad to support the heavy machinery and moving the power supply out of the existing building.

Solid Waste officials decided they can no longer use the current structure because it is unsafe. Repairs are estimated at $1.5 million.

Board members decided Tuesday to wait until a regular meeting next week to talk about the metal building. By then, they'll have more bids on the site work. They will also ask the three current bidders on the building to explain their proposals.

The board got some good news on Tuesday. Kanawha County Planning Director Dave Armstrong, who has been helping the solid waste authority, said the county was willing to donate a double-wide mobile home that was recently purchased with a FEMA grant.

The mobile home can serve as offices, a lunch and rest area and provide indoor restroom facilities at Slack Street. Employees are currently eating outside and using a portable toilet.

Solid Waste officials still plan to reopen Slack Street as a drop-off center on April 23. The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. But the center will take only pre-sorted No. 1 and No. 2 plastics, paper, cardboard, aluminum, steel cans and shredded paper.

Members of the solid waste board are Kay Summers, Kasey Russell, Greg Sayre, Rod Watkins and Richard Milam.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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