BY SARAH GREGORY
Operations at the Greeneville-Greene County Transfer Station and Landfill will likely be taken over by a third-party company by Nov. 1, following action by the Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday.
During their regular meeting Tuesday afternoon, aldermen voted unanimously to enter a contract with Waste Industries of Morristown for operations of the transfer station and landfill.
Such action has been under consideration for a number of months, and the board met in a special called session in late August to discuss the contract, which was not completed at that time.
On Monday night, members of the Greene County Commission voted to enter into the contract with Waste Industries.
Greeneville aldermen were told at the Tuesday meeting that County Mayor Alan Broyles has signed the document.
Action by aldermen will lead Greeneville Mayor W.T. Daniels to sign the contract as well.
Citizens are not expected to see any changes in their garbage collection services or their ability to use the landfill, aldermen said during both the August meeting and the meeting on Tuesday.
Gate rates will still be set locally, and a Town employee will operate the scale house.
Normal operating hours at the facility will be maintained as they are, and cannot be changed without the consent of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Waste Industries representative David Dukes told the aldermen Tuesday.
Special collection events -- such as an event that allows citizens to safely dispose of paint and other hazardous or special material -- will be held as normal, City Administrator Todd Smith said.
After only a few minutes of discussion, aldermen voted unanimously -- with the exception of Buddy Hawk, who was not present -- to enter into the contract.
Alderman Sarah E.T. Webster said she would like to see a form of "no compete" clause added to the contract as it relates to the Town's operation of roll-off services, which help subsidize the cost of garbage collection services for Town residents.
Dukes said that the company has no intention of competing with the Town in roll-off service. But he went on to say that he would write and submit a letter of intent stating that position.
The board was favorable to this suggestion.
The move will prevent an estimated $350,000 from being taken from the fund balance of the Municipal Solid Waste budget, which has dwindled significantly over the past few years.