E-waste recycling center budget recommended for approval

An electronic waste recycling center for the five northern counties of the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District is one step closer to being operational after a meeting of the committees of the Jefferson County Quorum Court on Tuesday night.

Without dissent, the Solid Waste/Recycling and Finance committees of the county’s legislative body recommended that an appropriation ordinance setting a 2013 budget be approved.

The county has received a grant for $165,601 and will deposit $6,000 into the newly established fund for cash flow purposes.

According to a memo from Daniel Marks, the legislative assistant to County Judge Dutch King, and Matt Earnest, who runs the recycling program, the e-waste recycling center will serve Jefferson, Arkansas, Cleveland, Grant and Lincoln counties.

A building owned by the county and located behind Pope Furniture Co. on East Harding Avenue will be the location for the recycling activities, and a formal bid process for renovation of that building has been completed.

All of the renovation and operating expenses for the recycling center will be funded by state recycling grants and no new money will be needed.

Also Tuesday, an ordinance that will allow the recycling department to purchase a used air conditioner from a current Jefferson County employee was recommended for approval.

Earnest said in a letter to King that the department has an enclosed trailer that is used during recycling events and the air conditioning unit is needed to allow personnel to cool off during summer events.

He said a new unit would cost between $800 and $900, plus the cost of the inside unit, heater coils and installation. The unit currently owned by the county employee is two years old and Earnest said the employee is asking $500 for the unit.

The issues will be voted on by the full Quorum Court when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday for its regular monthly meeting.