By Venita Fritz
Tribune-Courier General Manager
GILBERTSVILLE – The Marshall County Refuse Board has confirmed the lease of land along Highway 641 in Gilbertsville to replace the site at Clean Earth located just down the road.
Danny Newton, Refuse Board Chairman, said he hopes to have the new station open by the middle of September. In preparation for the move, the county will have to install fencing around the site and build a road for access before relocating green boxes and recycle containers.
The parcel of land is less than a mile from the current site and is owned by Nancy Mathis. It is the former site of go-karts and batting cages across from Kentuckiana Yacht Sales.
The board signed a five year lease to pay Mathis two hundred dollars a month to locate the transfer station on the property. At the end of five years the board has the option to renew the lease.
“We are doing our very best to get the station set up so that there won’t be any inconvenience to residents of the county and no interruption of service,” said Newton.
Newton also said residents may now take white goods to the county’s main landfill at 839 Benton-Briensburg Road. This includes items such as refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners and deep freezers.
Clean Earth owner Ray Langston had operated the county’s transfer station and white goods disposal in Gilbertsville since 1992 when the Environmental Protection Agency passed Clean Air Act standards. The Act required specialized disposal of refrigerants which the refuse department was not able to provide.
That arrangement with Langston came under scrutiny by members of the Marshall County Fiscal Court in June. County Commissioner Terry Anderson estimated the county could save between $75,000 and $100,000 annually by moving the transfer station to another site.
Meanwhile, Langston appeared at last week’s fiscal court meeting asking for an apology from both commissioners and local media for the reporting of the controversy.
“I have been made to look like a thief, stealing from the county and this is far from the truth,” said Langston in a letter to the court. “I sincerely hope this will clear my name and reputation,” he said.
Langston has agreed to allow the green boxes to remain on his property until October 1, but closed his recycling business on July 1.