County approves contract for solid waste disposal

The Russell County Commission gaves its approval to a new contract for transportation and disposal of non-hazardous waste in the county outside of Phenix City during its meeting Tuesday at the county courthouse.

Waste Away Group, Inc., one of the largest providers of solid waste services in the state of Alabama, will provide the services for the next three years under the new contract. The commission had a very light budget and the meeting lasted only 25 minutes. District 6 Commissioner Mervin Dudley was absent due to illness.

County Administrator LeAnn Horne said the previous vendor had recently been sold, necessitating the hiring of a new company. Roger Conner of the Russell County Water System said the county's utilities board had given its approval of Waste Away as the new provider at a recent meeting. The county commission ratifies contracts entered into by the water system.

The county provides its own solid waste pickup, but contracts out the transportation and disposal of solid waste at a landfill. Waste Away will be responsible for the operation of the transfer station and the sanitary landfill used for disposal of the waste. The county will pay a disposal fee of $20.56 per ton of county solid waste delivered to and accepted at the sanitary landfill during its initial term.

In other county commission actions, it gave its approval for the House of Restoration to apply for a $200,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The Lee-Russell Council of Governments will administer the grant.

Cathy Myles of the House of Restoration said the grant has a $200,000 match, which the organization is prepared to fulfill. The commission voted 5-0 in favor of the grant application with District 4 Commissioner Johnnie Robinson abstaining. Robinson is the founder and CEO of the House of Restoration and abstained to prevent violation of ethics law.

The commission voted unanimously to pass a resolution of support for a pre-kindergarten program for Ladonia Elementary School. The grant is being sought by the Russell County School Board.