The private party would receive the proceeds of the recyclable sales for the term of the building lease, but the ownership of the building would remain with the Kanawha County Building Commission. The annual tipping fee would go to the Solid Waste Authority for educational purposes and general support of recycling.
"We agree with a lot of the concepts associated with the new building for the public option. Scaling back on that building and using existing equipment is something that can be done no matter if it's [publicly] or privately owned," said board member Wayne Morgan, vice president of Thrasher Engineering. "That building has a few issues and to have a successful, long-term, viable recycling program, we're going to have to invest in a phased-in approach to a new building and take it in steps."
Commissioner Dave Hardy suggested the task force further research available properties in the county for building a new center.
"There are some very attractive sites waiting for a type of development like this one, and generally we can get them for free," he said.
The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority is also making efforts to turn around the county's recycling program and recently voted to hand over its Slack Street center operations to an experienced Chicago firm.
The authority will meet to discuss their plans on Friday, while the task force will reconvene next Wednesday.
Hardy urged the task force to work as quickly as possible.
"Time is of the essence. Every day that goes by, we are losing the waste strength. I hope we can conclude by next Wednesday," he said.
Task force members include Morgan; Tucker; Mark Holstine, state solid waste director; Kanawha County Solid Waste Director Jeannie Gunter; former Kanawha County Solid Waste Director Norm Steenstra; Lois Gillenwater of Pray Construction Co.; Bob Pepper of NGK; Deanna Sheets from the city of Charleston, Tim Gibson of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith; Cullen Naumoff and Mike Aiker from the Charleston Area Alliance and John Luoni and Colt Sandoro from the Kanawha County Commission.
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