February 7, 2014

Suwannee County: Landfill situation is rubbish

Sends yard trash, construction and demolition debris to Hamilton County.

February 7, 2014 Bryant Thigpen Suwannee Democrat

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Mullins then reminded the board of its desire to support local businesses. 

“At a previous meeting, (Commissioner Ricky Gamble) brought up the fact you want to support and use local vendors if possible. We are a local vendor,” he said. “We employ local people, use local suppliers, pay local taxes and support local businesses.”

Suwannee Landfill’s rate increase was one step the company took to help the company become more profitable. 

“The landfill is struggling and potentially risks closing,” Mullins said.

Commissioner Jason Bashaw expressed to Mullins why the board made the decision.

“I think as a county, when there is such a significant increase, it becomes prudent for us to ask questions as to why (the rate increase), before we accept that price increase,” said Bashaw. “I think what the board wanted to do was say, ‘OK, we need to mitigate the increase for a time until we can take a better look at what’s going on’. I don’t think that you coming and asking us was a bad thing.”

Gamble asked Mullins if the rate per ton could be increased instead of changing the measurement.

“I can deal with that better than I can for a flat rate for the volume because I want to pay for what we’re taking to you,” Gamble said. “I believe with some of our audits, that going by a ton helps us out.” 

He continued, “I’m not against a price increase. I understand the cost of business. I’m just not in favor of the per yard (fee).”

Mullins then said he would sit down with Harris and come to an agreement regarding waste measurement and fee.

“I’ll tell you, we’ve already had this discussion more than once, and you insisted that you weren’t going to charge us by the ton, so why don’t you tell this board what you are going to charge by, whatever unit, and I’ll be glad to do whatever the board wants,” Harris said.

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