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Lee's Summit ENRC Okays Temporary Move for...
Lee's Summit ENRC Okays Temporary Move for Recycling Center
December 6, 2013
By Mallory Ragon
The Environment and Natural Resources Committee gave the green light to temporarily moving the North Recycling Center during summer road construction in 2014. Kara Taylor, environmental coordinator, talked to the committee on Monday about the impact of anticipated construction on Lee’s Summit Road on the recycling center, which is located just north of Colbern Road.
Due to the project, the current location will need to either be closed or relocated for a period of eight to twelve weeks. Town & Country Recycling, who is contracted by the city to haul recycling from the site, has already agreed to move the containers to space on the east side of the Lee’s Summit Airport if the city decides to relocate the facility.
The area, near Hagan Road and Leinweber Road, was formerly a ready-mix concrete facility and already has a gravel pad and part of the fencing required to house the site.
Regardless of the city council’s decision, there will be a cost to the project to advertise the change (either its closing or its relocation).
To relocate the facility, the road project would also incur the costs of temporary fencing. There would not be any additional financial cost to close the facility for that time, but it would cause an impact to service.
The South Recycling Center will maintain its current operations.
Though the issue was listed on the agenda as a presentation only, the committee agreed that they were ready to move forward with a vote in order to get it before council.
Councilmember Brian Whitley moved to recommend relocation of the facility to the city council. The motion was approved unanimously by Councilmembers Whitley, Bob Johnson, and Dave Mosby. The recommendation will go to the council for their vote on December 19.
The city receives about $25,000 annually for the facility, which sees approximately 400,000 pounds of recycling materials each year.