March 8th , 2013 10:18 am Leave a comment

Landfill ‘Free Day’ reduced, delayed

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Carter County residents who have stockpiled their trash might want want to reconsider.

Photo by Brandon HicksFinance Director Ingrid Deloach discusses the state of the solid waste budget during Thursday's Landfill Committee meeting. Deloach recommended that the committee push Free Day back to September to allow more time to raise the necessary funds to support it.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Finance Director Ingrid Deloach discusses the state of the solid waste budget during Thursday’s Landfill Committee meeting. Deloach recommended that the committee push Free Day back to September to allow more time to raise the necessary funds to support it.

After more than an hour’s discussion, the county’s Landfill Committee voted Thursday to move the date of Carter County Cleanup, or Free Day, from late April to September.

The committee also reduced the duration of the event, from three days to one.

Commissioners could not find the money needed to maintain the event at its usual time and length. By shortening the event and moving it to September, the committee hopes funding sources will present themselves in the next fiscal year.

“This is a tough meeting,” said Committee Chairman Joel Street. “We express our deepest regrets, but this committee finds it’s the only solution, at this time, that we have.”

The event, which historically had coincided with a springtime initiative known as “Keep Carter County Beautiful,” provides county residents with three days to dump any and all trash at the Carter County Landfill at no cost.

According to the committee, however, the citizens still end up paying for Free Day.

“Free Day is probably a misnomer,” said Commission Chairman Tom Bowers, who sat in on the meeting for Commissioner Gebe Richie. “It is not free. The taxpayers are paying for this.”

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