Landfill Manager Benny Lyons told the committee that the landfill will be closed Saturday, Dec. 22, and reopen Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Most county employees who work at the courthouse will enjoy being off Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Add that to the normal Saturday and Sunday days off, and that means they will enjoy five straight days off to celebrate Christmas.
Lyons said that would just not work for the landfill. First of all, there is a lot of waste generated by the holiday, with the garbage from Christmas feasts and all the trash for Christmas wrapping and boxes.
There is a concern that some people would just dump their trash at the locked gates of the landfill or illegally dump garbage in the bins reserved for recycling.
To give the landfill employees the three days off that the other county employees have traditionally received at Christmastime, Lyons proposed closing the landfill on Saturday, Dec. 22. The landfill is normally open half a day on Saturdays.
Lyons also gave the committee an update on recent progress made at the landfill.
“We have moved into our new garage,” Lyons told the members. The new garage was built to replace the landfill garage destroyed in a fire last January.
Lyons said the newly purchased roll-on, roll-off truck has been placed in service, and gives the landfill’s aging fleet more flexibility.
In personnel matters, Lyons said the department has begun hiring the four part-time employees authorized by the landfill budget.
Following the Landfill Committee meeting, the committee reconvened as the Education Committee.
Mickey Taylor, supervisor of career and technical education for the Carter County School System, gave the committee an introduction into the 24 programs offered at the county’s four high schools.
He said each school has a different mix of courses, and bus transportation is provided to students who desire to take a program not offered at their school.
Taylor said that in response to state initiatives, the system is working to provide students with two advantages. The first is agreements with area colleges to enable students to earn post-secondary credit for their studies. The second is to get industry certifications for the subjects the students have mastered.
Taylor also discussed some advanced educational opportunities being offered at two of the high schools: technical and engineering training at Hampton High School and robotics at Happy Valley High School and Middle School.
Director of Schools Kevin Ward told the committee that the administrators are currently working on a 5-year plan that is set to be presented to the school board in January.