By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a new construction recycling facility and a text amendment to regulate septic receiving, dewatering and composting in Morgan County at the Jan. 4 regular meeting.
Jerry O. Smith requested a conditional use approval to operate a recycling facility consisting of concrete/asphalt recycling and tree/limb recycling, as well as a C & D dumpster site, on 8.25 acres located at 1140 Woodkraft Road. The property is in a heavy industrial zone within the county.
“We obviously know the benefits of recycling,” said Abe Abouhamdan, an engineer for Abe Consulting who spoke on behalf of the project. “If we were to throw all the asphalt and concrete in our land fills that are already filling up fast, that’s no good…This is environmentally friendly.”
Abe also noted that the new facility would create between 15-20 jobs in the county.
The BOC approved the construction recycling center with a few conditions as proposed by the Morgan County Planning Commission. To mitigate noise and dust, the new facility must build an 8-foot fence and use sprayers when the using machinery to recycle woodchips and other materials.
The facility also must operate within the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the commissioners made an allowance for truck deliveries to arrive at 7 a.m. The recycling equipment cannot begin until 8 a.m.
“This fits the area,” said BOC Chairman Ron Milton.
County Planning Director Tara Cooner presented the proposed text amendment to allow for septic receiving facilities within the county. While the text amendment was first requested by Sam Florence, who wanted to open a septic receiving business on Woodkraft Road, his application, though not formerly withdrawn, has remained dormant. According to Cooner, the Planning Commission wanted to proceed with the text amendment to the county and has set standards in the event of a future request for a septic facility.
“This is in anticipation of the possibility of a use,” said Cooner.
The BOC passed the new text amendment requiring that any business looking to open a septic receiving facility in Morgan County must apply for a conditional use inside the Heavy Industrial zone only. Other requirements include access to a municipal sewer line, a two-acre minimum for dewatering and a 10-acre minimum for any composting.
The BOC passed the text amendment unanimously.