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Solid waste disposal board meets, sets public hearing

The new Halifax County Solid Waste Disposal Authority met for the first time Monday night approving a resolution to set proposed rates, advertise proposed rates, set a public hearing on the proposed rates for Sept. 4 at 5:30 p.m. and elect officers.

The Board of Supervisors created the new separate agency under State Code to provide for the disposal of solid waste within the county, and that authority contracts with the county for the actual day-to-day operations of disposal services including pickup from the convenience sites and green boxes, operation and maintenance of the transfer station and transport of waste to the regional landfill, according to County Administrator Jim Halasz.

The authority will hold a public hearing to consider establishing rates and fees for the residents of Halifax County. The proposed annual fee is $48 per county household for the use of and for services furnished by the authority. According to the authority, the services to be provided include collection and handling of residential solid waste at the transfer station and arranging for the disposal of such residential solid waste at the Southside Regional Landfill. The fee will be applied to personal property bills after Oct. 1 although the fee will fund operations from July 1 through June 30, 2013.

Supervisor Chairman Tom West was elected authority chairman and Supervisor Vice Chairman W. Bryant Claiborne was elected vice chairman of the authority. The authority elected County Administrator Jim Halasz to serve as executive director, treasurer and secretary of because, according to County Attorney Jeremy Carroll, there will be numerous documents in the future he would have to sign. 

Members of the authority decided to hold the next meeting Sept. 4 at 5:30 p.m. and after that on an as needed basis. ED-1 Supervisor J.T. Davis, ED-8 Supervisor W. Bryant Claiborne and ED-6 Wayne Conner were absent.