District has to rethink shingles-recycling plan

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First round of lime-green bills have March 15 deadline



Managing Editor


TELL CITY – Plans to start accepting used roofing shingles at the Cannelton site have to go back to the drawing board, the Perry County Recycling Management District’s executive director said at a regular meeting of its board of directors Jan. 23.

As the News reported Jan. 20, Cannelton city officials denied a request from Smith to allow him to put a fence across that city’s Second Street. The district has property on both sides of the road, one of which is fenced and the other side only partially fenced. A gate closing the street would have facilitated preparations for collecting shingles, which the advisory and directors boards have been discussing for approximately six months.

“We are going to have to rethink how and if we’ll do the shingle recycling,” Smith said. Options include collecting shingles within the fenced property or adding fence where it doesn’t exist, he explained, estimating the latter alternative could cost $20,000.

“We just have to go back to the drawing board with it,” Smith said.

In other business, Lynn Rice reported she had become chairwoman of the district’s advisory board “by default.”

Marlow Smethurst is retiring from his position as Tell City Electric Department superintendent, she said, and opted not to continue as the advisory board’s chairman.

“We wanted to acknowledge what he as done for the district over his past 10 years,” Rice said, extending the board’s appreciation “for the work he has done to expand, promote and upgrade the district during that time.”


In an annual reorganization, the board voted to retain its 2013 slate of officers and appointees for this year. That means County Commissioner Bill Amos will continue as chairman, County Councilman Jim Adams will serve as second in command and Ken Smith will retain his job as district director. Jeff Hagedorn retains his role as the board’s attorney and Jerry Hoagland will continue to perform the district’s accounting duties.

Lime-green bills go out

Smith told the board the first round of bills for an annual $32 fee charged to home and business owners in the county had been sent out.

“Most of you probably got your bills,” he told members. “You’ll probably notice they are a nice lime-green so they shouldn’t get hidden in your mail.”

The News reported Jan. 23 the bills were going out and noted the first deadline for them is March 15.

Those for mobile homes whose owners don’t own the property they’re parked on will go out in March and be due May 17. Printing problems delayed the bills’ delivery by about a week, Smith said, “but everything’s fixed and we’re up and running.”

China slows commodity sales

The prices for the recyclable commodities the district collects remained low, but cardboard prices were higher than in January 2013, he said.

In everything he’s read about commodities, he said, “nobody’s expecting them to do much of anything for the first six months of the year.” Changes in China’s importation of recyclables is “slowing things down,” he added.

The Christian Science Monitor reported in June the nation formerly imported 75 percent of the aluminum, 60 percent of scrap paper and 50 percent of its plastic exported by the United States. “But a new Chinese edict, banning ‘foreign rubbish,’ has thrown the international scrap and waste trade into turmoil and is posing a major new challenge for U.S. recyclers.”

Because the courthouse where they meet is undergoing renovations for the next two or three months, the district’s board of directors will meet at 5 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month in the council room at Tell City’s City Hall.