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Revenue from additional trash at the landfill might equate to school improvements
By CATHY DYSON
More trash in the King George Landfill might mean a new roof on the King George Middle School.
At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, members talked about ongoing problems caused by leaks in the school roof.
Supervisor Ruby Brabo mentioned her concerns about wet ceiling tiles falling on students and the danger of having large buckets in classrooms to catch dripping water.
No money has been allocated for repairs and, given the economic climate, there isn't much possibility of finding any for it.
Then, the conversation got trashy.
County Administrator Travis Quesenberry mentioned that Thomas Cue, district manager of the landfill, will attend the Aug. 21 board meeting to talk about what a good year it's been. More construction and more people buying new appliances--and throwing out the old and the boxes the new ones came in--typically means the economy is improving.
Cue also will mention that the last two years weren't so good, as trash goes. The landfill fell 140,000 tons short of how much it could collect in that period.
Cue will ask the board if he can increase the landfill's intake this year to make up for the earlier shortfall.
No one on the board seemed too enthusiastic about the idea until Quesenberry added: "That's would be $700,000 in revenue."
The county gets $5 for each ton, and Waste Management can accept 1.24 million tons of trash at King George, according to its agreement with the county.
The possible revenue got wheels turning.
That's "a new roof on the school," said Supervisor Joe Grzeika.
"Sounds good to me," Brabo added.
COMMITTEE GETS MEMBERS
Supervisors agreed to a charter for the new Ralph Bunche Advisory Committee, which has organized to discuss possible uses for the former school and revenue sources.
The committee will include five members of the school's alumni association: Elaine Harvey, Nadine Lucas, Gwendolyn Lewis, Claudette Jordan and J.T. Johnson. Supervisors Ruby Brabo and John LoBuglio also will be involved, along with Tim Smith, director of Parks and Recreation, and Nicole Thompson, director of economic development.
Supervisors want to add two members appointed by the School Board and from the King George Historical Society and one representative from the King George Chamber of Commerce.
The Ralph Bunche school was named after a diplomat and Nobel Peace Prize winner and educated the county's African-American students from 1949 to 1968.