County Council talks trash

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By Jenny Hartley

County Council talked quite a bit of trash over the proposed hours for the county's dump sites before voting to close four sites on Sundays at Monday night's meeting.

County Administrator Steve Willis proposed closing all sites, also known as convenience sites, on Sundays.

Four sites – Indian Land, Erwin Farm, Lynwood Drive and Race Track, were open on Sundays – while the rest were closed.

The new proposal also extended hours at some sites until 8 p.m., or closed four other sites at 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

The sites were open 454 hours a week under the old schedule, and will be open 452 hours under the new proposal, Willis said.

The intent of changing the hours, particularly at the four sites open on Sundays, is to give county employees another day off, and to cut down on out-of-county residents dumping their trash here.

Council Chairman Rudy Carter suggested that the sites be monitored from November to December to monitor the traffic at each one, and then determine a new schedule.

Councilman Wayne Kersey said he's heard from a few employees who are concerned about their safety working at the poorly lighted sites until 8 p.m. during the winter.

Councilman Jack Estridge disagreed with the proposal.

"These sites are open for the convenience of residents," he said. "I'd like to leave it like it is."

Councilman Wesley Grier said he was also concerned about the safety after dark at the sites, and didn't like that two sites in the Buford area would close at 3 p.m. on Saturdays. He said that would be inconvenient for residents.

"I would like for one of these sites to stay open on Saturday," he said.

Council voted 6-1 to close the sites on Sundays, but leave the rest of the schedule the same while the county studies traffic at the sites. Estridge cast the dissenting vote.

In other action, council:

Recognized Suzette Murphy, who works in the auditor's office, as employee of the quarter

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