The mud situation at the Towe String Convenience Center might be close to being cleaned up thanks to the sanitation committee of the Campbell County Commission.
The sanitation committee approved the $275,000 budget resolution to pave and change the roadway of the Towe String Convenience Center in Jacksboro that was already unanimously approved in a previous buildings and grounds committee meeting.
The resolution would bring no tax increase to the taxpayer according to interim sanitation head David Adkins.
“As y’all know, the transfer station out there is mud,” Adkins said. “It’s straight mud. It is about 8 inches thick of pure old clay mud.”
The problem has caused issue for people trying to dispose of waste as well as slowing down employees trying to haul and move waste.
It also causes the mud to be taken on out to the main roadway.
“We have put about 200 ton of rock on it in two months, since I’ve been there,” Adkins said. “It just keeps eating them. It is tracking the mud onto the road and people are getting stuck.”
Adkins said he also plans to extend the solid concrete dumping station as far as he can.
“That area behind the transfer station there is solid cliff,” Adkins said. “It’s solid rock. We were talking about trying to hammer it out and get it down to semi level, but that’s probably another $100,000.”
Adkins said the move is in anticipation of having to handle more trash in the future.
He also informed the committee about a new record system he created to help better keep record of vehicle maintenance.
The committee commended Adkins for his work in helping fix the sanitation department.
Adkins said he also figured out the issue of why more garbage was being taken out than was received at the station.
“What happened and has been happening is, the trailers on the wall that people load for us was not getting weighed and entered into the system on the front end,” Adkins said. “It’s not really any extra expense to the county. It’s just, things looked lopsided when we really weren’t. They just weren’t accounted for properly. It wasn’t panning out. It gave the appearance that people were coming in and dumping large amounts of trash on us illegally and that’s not happening, and that’s good news because we don’t want that.”
Adkins said they also recently had a TDEC inspection at the transfer station and the only negative thing said, which was only a suggestion, is that loose trash that is blowing around be picked up.
“We have been picking it up,” Adkins said. “Glennis is bringing some more people out there. We are working on it every day; we just haven’t got 100% of it picked up.”
Adkins said the station now is in 100% compliance with TDEC.
Charles Baird was also appointed as chairman of the committee during the meeting, and Dewayne Gibson was appointed as vice chairman.