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Southeast convenience center opens

Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

A new convenience center, which will serve southeastern Lincoln County, opens Monday, Dec. 26, on Water Mill Road in the Flintville area.

“We’re real pleased to have this convenience center ready to open,” said Doug Cunningham, a county commissioner and chairman of the county’s solid waste committee. “We’ve had people driving by for weeks, and it’s been a long process, but we’re confident it will serve the area well.”

The center was constructed by Saliba Construction, who had submitted the winning low bid, at a cost of $246,000. Together with other costs such as land acquisition, the waterline, three-phase power, engineering, and compactors and containers, the total cost of the facility is $383,000, funded through the monthly solid waste fee charged on utility bills.

Its first week, Dec. 26-31, the center will be open every day. Thereafter, on a regular basis, the center will be open Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Among the rules for the facility are restrictions that prohibit it from accepting construction waste such as carpet, etc. Those items can be disposed of at the Fayetteville center for a fee. No hazardous waste can be taken at the facility either.

“We hope to have some recycling at this facility as well,” said Cunningham.

“Hopefully, folks will be pleased … It’s been in the works for about six years,” he added. “The greatest hurdle was the location of land for the center … We had a number of land deals fall through.”

Tom Bailey served as the engineer for the project, said the chair, praising Bailey as two county committees assisting with the project.