Carter County Landfill may soon be taking Elizabethton garbage

Ross Garland, chairman of the Carter County Budget Committee, led the heated discussion on whether or not to approve a compensation package for extra work performed by Carter County Planning Directord Chris Schuettler.

ELIZABETHTON — A dispute over providing compensation for extra duties provided by the Carter County Planning Department was once again a source of controversy in Carter County.

The county is also preparing to sign a contract with the city of Elizabethton that would allow the Carter County Landfill to handle the city’s garbage disposal.

“You have been a good committee all year until you came across this snag,” said Carter County Commission Chairman Ray Lyons to the Budget Committee on Monday evening. Lyons was responding to the latest 5-3 defeat of a motion to compensate Carter County Planning Director Chris Schuettler for the extra duties he performed during the last fiscal year on managing construction projects and economic development work for the county.

Lyons warned that the continued rebuffs of motions to provide compensation were using the County Commission’s splits and divisions that characterized it before the 2018 election created a more unified county government.

Schuettler was asked months ago to take on extra duties of projects management and economic development. No specific compensation was discussed, but the County Commission had apparently indicated that pay on the project-management tasks would be worked out later.

Since then, the Budget Committee has defeated several attempts to recommend compensation for the work in the past few months. Last week, the County Commission also failed to approve a proposal.

On Monday night, the latest proposal, which would have recommended a bonus of $1,000 per month for seven months, was defeated by a 5-3 vote in the committee.

The committee had an easier time approving a contract with the city of Elizabethton to dispose of the city’s garbage. The vote was 8-0 to recommend the contract written by county attorney Josh Hardin.

Under the terms of the contract, the city will continue to operate its trash collection trucks throughout the city, collecting residential, commercial and industrial trash. In the past, these trucks transported the collected trash to Iris Glen Landfill. If approved by the County Commission and the Elizabethton City Coiuncil, the trucks will now be going to the Carter County Landfill’s transfer station at 169 Landfill Road.

Landfill Manager Benny Lyons said the new business should result in a net profit to the county of $150,000 to $175,999 per year.

Lyons requested new equipment to be purchased to accept the anticipated heavier loads. The committee unanimously approved his request, including the purchase of a new loader at an estimated cost of $150,000.