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Toombs Proceeding with Convenience Centers
Wednesday, 13 May 2009

May 13--  Toombs County commissioners have bought another parcel of land for the county's second trash and recycling convenience center.

At their May meeting Tuesday, the commission voted to spend $10,000 for an acre of land owned by R.T. Stanley at the intersection of Gibson Road and Aimwell Road Extension.  Commissioner Steve Brown estimates it will cost $100,000 to construct the center.  He also says the county hopes to build three more before the end of the year.  

The first Toombs Convenience Center was built late last year in the Cedar Crossing area and has been well received, according to Commissioner Brown.  Once all the centers are open, the county will remove all of the green box dumpsters sites which now populate the county.

The commission has also voted to sell its inoperable bailer and conveyor located at the county landfill for nearly $35,000.  The equipment will be removed from the former recycling building which is earmarked to house a planned "gassification" operation.  Commissioner Louie Powell says the contractor is awaiting permits from the state Environmental Protection Division.  He expects the system will come on line later this year and allow the county to incenerate garbage and sell it as a source of energy to Georgia Power.

In other actions, the commission is expected to approve an ordinance outlawing loud noise in the county at its June meeting.  The action is being taken in response to complaints from residents near the Silverado Club on U.S. One north of Lyons.  The law would allow for fines and the loss of business licenses for offending establishments.  Music which could be heard 300 feet away would be deemed too loud.

County manager Doug Eaves informed commissioners he expects Toombs County to receive up to $100,000 in federal funds for repairs due to recent floods.

The Commission also accepted a $71,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Human Resources to buy a new county ambulance.  Eaves also reported the county ambulance service's collections exceeded expenses in April for the second month in a row.

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