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Halifax County supes agree to look at site for Turbeville refuse center / April 05, 2018
Halifax Count Supervisors Monday agreed to look at a possible site for a new refuse collection center just west of Turbeville on U.S. 58. But before taking any action to approve the site, supervisors said they will need a cost analysis of the center and review its proximity to other collection centers in the community.

ED-6 Supervisor Stanley Brandon brought the proposal to the board, advising that the site for the new center would be donated to the county by Hilton Hudson, provided that it was used continuously as a collection center. Should the county cease to use the property as a collection center site, Hudson would like to have the property returned to him, Brandon said.

The issue of trash collection in the community created controversy after green boxes were first moved from the Turbeville Ruritan property last summer, only to be later returned to the site until a permanent solution can be found to the problem. Brandon said he hoped that with the property being donated to the county by Hilton Hudson, the board would look favorably at approving the project.

However, he explained that the proposed site is heavily wooded with small trees and would require clearing and some grading. Also, the site would require a VDOT-approved entrance onto U.S. 58 and there is also no electricity at or near the site.

At this point no estimate is available from Dominion on the cost of placing electric poles and running a power line from its existing end point to the proposed site.

Another problem is the location of three other trash collection sites in the community. A full collection center, with 20 green trash boxes, is set up some six miles away at the intersection of U.S. 58 and State Route 119. According to the Public Works department, that center is the least-used of all convenience sites in the county and is located on rental property. The county pays $1,500 rent annually for use of the property.

Finance Committee chairman J. T. Davis pointed out that the county simply does not have the money to pay for a new site, although the upcoming FY2019 budget includes $75,000 for a new collection center to be located somewhere in the county.

Davis was also quick to point out that many residents of the county do not currently have three or four trash collection sites within 5 to 10 minutes of their homes.

Fellow supervisors recognized the problem, but several also pointed out that changes should be made to the convenience center at U.S. 58/119, particularly since it is on rented property and since its usage is low.

Those were among the many questions that the board will address as they continue to look at resolving the problem. But the first issue must be learning of the cost of the clearing and grading the lot, developing an approved entrance from U.S. 58 to the site and the cost of getting electricity to the site.

The board is expected to continue its discussion about the proposed site.

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