New operating schedules approved for county sanitation landfill sites
San Jacinto News- Times - July 2008
COLDSPRING – San Jacinto County’s sanitation and landfi ll sites will soon be operating on a new schedule approved by commissioners’ court Monday. Beginning Monday, Aug. 4, the county’s four sanitation and landfi ll sites will be open six days a week, Monday through Saturday. New hours of operation were also approved. In Coldspring the Pct. 1 landfi ll will be open to the public from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. In Shepherd the Pct. 2 landfi ll will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday. In Magnolia Community the Pct. 3 landfi ll will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. New operating schedules approved for county sanitation landfi ll sites In Point Blank the Pct. 4 landfi ll will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
“I believe this will be a more effi cient schedule and a benefi t to taxpayers,” said Pct. 3 Commissioner David Brandon. “I think it’s a good idea. We might even save a little money by cutting down on overtime,” said San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner. Employees at the landfi ll sites will continue to have Sunday and Monday of each week off by working in shifts. Commissioners approved a motion to submit a grant request for a solid waste project, specifi cally litter and illegal dumping clean-up through Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG). “We applied for the grant last year and obtained it so this will be a renewal of that grant,” Pct. 2 Commissioner Royce Wells said. According to Wells, the $19,600 grant will be the same as last year’s with the addition of a licensed peace offi cer and jailer.
This county employee will be able to deal with both the supervision of county jail inmates and issue citations to those individuals polluting our environment,” Wells said. The program is designed to cleanup San Jacinto County while reducing the cost to taxpayers. The county will provide a vehicle with trailer. The trailer will be marked with numerous signs encouraging “Keeping San Jacinto County Clean.” Employees and jail trustees work a day in each precinct each week, according to Wells. “Ninety bags of trash were picked up in one day,” Wells said.
“They are really doing a good job.” In other business, commissioners decided to read through the county’s proposed disaster mitigation plan and make corrections and changes before sending it to the state again for approval. Judge Faulkner noted a “lot of misinformation” in the plan. “It’s been submitted and kicked back six times,” Faulkner said. “It contains a lot of errors and inaccurate information, Wells said. “We have no plan in action,” Faulkner said.
According to Faulkner the county is not eligible for disaster mitigation grants because the county doesn’t have an approved plan of action. Pct. 3 Commissioner David Brandon was in charge of preparing the county’s mitigation action plan. Responding to disapproval of his work from Faulkner and Wells on the mitigation plan, Brandon removed himself from the project.
“In 2003 we applied for a $25,000 federal grant to do this. It’s five years later and still no plan done,” Faulkner said. “Eventually it’s going to have to get done or we are going to have to pay this money back.”