MAXTON — It was with obvious relief that Maxton Board of Commissioners on Tuesday put the final period on a plan that the board says will save the town money.
The commissioners announced that Anderson Engineering & Associates approved closure of a landfill located on the edge of town on July 24. The company oversaw operation of the landfill and certified the closure effort.
The town could not get closure approval until the site had been covered by a foot of soil, Town Manager Kate Bordeaux said. The site hadn’t been used for years because it was at capacity. It now will be used to hold tree limbs and debris that will be turned into mulch that can be used locally for beautification.
“We saved money and have the opportunity to make the town look prettier,” Bordeaux said.
The plan, led by Mayor Pro Tem Virgil Hutchinson, will save the town thousands of dollars a year in tipping fees paid to nearby Scotland County, she said.
Mayor Emmitt Morton thanked Hutchinson for his engineering knowledge.
Hutchinson plan was to take the landfill and put tree limbs and debris over it and and turn it to mulch for use by Maxton residents.
The town will save money from taking the debris to the closed facility, instead of paying tipping fees to dispose of it at Scotland County’s landfill.
In other business, the commissioners:
— Learned that $69 million is being distributed to the county by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Bordeaux said she spoke with Robeson County Manager Ricky Harris about Maxton sharing in the money. Harris said the board should present a letter detailing what the town will need, she said.
— Were told the National Night Out event was a success. Mayor Morton said community members had the chance to meet police officers and commissioners. It was good seeing the board members serving hot dogs and getting to know the community, he said.
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