Meeting: Solid Waste Management District

The Dubois County Solid Waste Management District met Tuesday and:

• Welcomed Dubois County Councilwoman Sonya Hass and Jasper Councilman Chad Lueken to the board. Haas replaces Councilwoman Becky Beckman; Lueken replaces former Councilman John Bell.

• Re-elected county Commissioner Elmer Brames as chairman and county Commissioner Chad Blessinger as vice chairman. Haas was elected secretary.

• Learned from District Director Carla Striegel–Winner that a tour will be set up for the public for Earth Day 2020, which is the 50th anniversary. The tour will include a stop at Jasper Salvage, the district process center and a landfill. It will also include a demonstration by the RC Flyers and a talk from an Indiana Department of Environmental Management representative.

• Heard that plans for a recycling market development grant are progressing. Although the district has been awarded the $10,700 grant, it has not received the signed paperwork for it, Striegel–Winner said. Plans for the grant include having a structure at the process center to hold items that the district doesn’t recycle; people from the public interested in the items can pick them up before they are disposed of. The Dubois County Commissioners agreed to accept the $5,000 structure into the county inventory once it is built. The district also plans to use part of the grant for an area to collect Freon for recycling.

• Heard that the district is pursuing a community recycling grant; that application was submitted in December, Striegel–Winner said.

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