City yard debris still piling up

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By Ken MacDonald • Publisher • Yard debris is piling up as the City of Raeford waits for the state to issue permits that would permit its disposal.

The City contracts with 401 Sand Company to dispose of limbs, leaves and the like, but the company has run out of space, and while it waits for the state to approve its application to use more land, the City has no place to send its debris.

City Manager Dennis Baxley said Tuesday he’s hopeful the permit will come through soon, because only so much can be stored. Raeford City Council discussed the situation at its regular monthly meeting Monday night (The News-Journal will resume attending these meetings post-pandemic).

Baxley says one option if the permit is delayed is to contract with another company to haul it somewhere else. Another option is purchasing an air curtain burner, which is a dumpster-like burner with air pollution controls. That, Baxley said, would cost about $175,000.

Baxley says several counties east of here are using the machines.

In other business, a project to control flooding in south Raeford that went over budget may be eligible for additional grant funds, Baxley said. The project that closed south Main Street for months went about $128,000 over budget, a cost the City is having to eat. But Golden Leaf Foundation, which provided $873,000 in funding originally, says it’s agreeable to the City reapplying for the balance.

Also, the City has been placed on a waiting list for a possible local government fellow from the University of North Carolina. Baxley said his request for someone to work in economic development didn’t make the first cut, but there’s still a chance someone will come to Raeford to work for a year as part of the project.

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