October 11, 2012

Council considers citywide recycling

London Mayor Troy Rudder: “That's where we are headed.”

By Magen McCrarey
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The London City Council is currently considering citywide recycling, although that will require a large investment.

During their Monday meeting, the council adopted a waste disposal agreement with Laurel Ridge Landfill LLC.  Waste disposal has substantially increased in cost over the past 10 years and, to offset the expense, Rudder urged citizens to utilize the recycling center.

"We have got to keep the garbage out of the ground and put it back into manufacturing," Rudder said.  "We could probably reduce our dumping by 60-75 percent pretty quick (with citywide recycling) but that's going to be a substantial investment by us."

A plan for citywide recycling will require the purchase of a recycling truck, estimated at $250,000, plus recycling containers for each household, and the doubling of the size of the recycling intake and storage center.  Altogether, Rudder made a conservative estimate of $600,000 for the city to have full-fledged home pick up.  

"That's where we are headed," he said.

The city currently pays approximately $6.50 per ton hauled to the garbage dump.  The city is picking up about 150 tons or more of garbage a day, equaling a heaping amount of cash as well as trash.  It took the city a year to reach an expensive negotiation as there is no other local landfill competition.

More information about this plan will be released in the coming days.

In other matters:

•  Trick or treat this Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31 will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.,  as determined by the London City Council.  

•  Rick Cochrane, city director of risk management, presented a FEMA Hazard Mitigation grant, valued at $760,000, to alleviate a severe flooding problem along Whitley Branch, McKee, West 5th, North Mill and South Mill streets.  The city applied for the grant two years ago and were just recently approved. Mayor Troy Rudder signed a resolution to pay a $90,000 in-kind contribution to the project.  

According to Cochrane, the city's flooding noticeably began 30 years ago and the city has since spent more than $1.7 million dollars trying to fix it.  The FEMA project will replaced the almost 100-year-old storm water sewer system along the streets affected by flooding.  The existing pipes are too small and cannot carry the large amounts of water that now builds up due to an abundance of paved roadways.  

•  The city approved the Transportation Cabinet agreement relating to roundabout construction at the intersection of KY. 1006 and Ky. 363. The cabinet will construct the roundabout with lighting and London will take on the road maintenance following the completion of the project.

•  The city will place signage along East 6th Street and through North Hill Street to assist traffic towards local boutiques and shops.

•  The Playground Theatre will have their local benefit debut as a 5K run on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.  Board of Director David Walters presented the benefit to the board with approval to support the mission of The Playground Theatre, which is to entertain, inform and educate.