A public information meeting will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow, March 14, in connection with an application filed by R&T Tire Recycling last month for a solid waste facility within the city limits of County Line. The hearing will be held at 2314 Reid School House Road, on the site of the proposed landfill, on land formerly strip-mined for coal. The site is located near Pleasant Grove Methodist Church.
The R&T application was discussed briefly at the County Line Town Council meeting Monday night. Discussion included the ordinance covering the town’s proposed tipping fee of $50 per ton, with the view expressed that it was too low. No further action was taken.
In response to a suggestion that the town vote immediately to approve or reject the application, Mayor Buddy Self explained that state law specifies a process be followed in a defined sequence for such applications. A public information meeting is followed by a public hearing hosted by the town within 30 to 45 days, followed by a regular or called town council meeting at which the application is put to a vote. Those times will be scheduled and announced soon.
District 4 Commissioner Nick Washburn commented, “I’d like to suggest everyone to vote no on this. I think holding the information meeting at 3 p.m. in the afternoon when people who are at work can’t go is a little shady. Having it where it’s not easy to get to is another problem. Why not have it here (at the town hall) or somewhere else where it’s convenient for people to attend?”
“I’ll be durned if at my age I want to have to worry about another dump in town,” another person at the meeting said.
Council business meeting
In other actions, the mayor mentioned several items of old business for which there was no change in status. He queried the council as to it’s opinion on installing a digital lock on the back door to permit access to the building by the sheriff’s deputy. Cost would be from $99 to $219 for the lock and installation. Without voting, the council generally agreed with the idea.
In new business:
• new town clerk Lucy Kiley read a letter of appreciation from the council to retiring town clerk Brenda Philpot.
• Self discussed a billing statement received from the Jefferson County Commission covering charges for Emergency Management Agency services. He disputed the amount of five of the six items on the $2,400 bill, saying County Line’s pro rata share was improperly based on calculations using the town’s total population, rather than the mere one-third of its residents who live in Jefferson County. He directed that the $342 charge for warning siren maintenance be paid, and the remainder held until he could discuss the matter with Jefferson County.
• Self suggested the council consider investing $10,000 – about half of the proceeds of the town’s general fund – in two $5,000 CDs, one short-term and one long-term. Council member Steve Brewer asked what the interest rates would be on each. Self replied he had not checked, but would do so and report back to the council. No further action was taken.
• Self presented a proposed resolution favoring support of the gas tax legislation then being debated by the Alabama Legislature. When the matter was put to a vote, it failed from lack of a motion.
The council’s next meeting is a special meeting called for March 18, at 7 p.m. The council’s next regular meeting is Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. Both are at the town hall.