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Few decisions were made during the July 11 special-called meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court. However, the magistrates did express their support for a proposal to enter into an agreement with the City of Lebanon to allow residents to dispose of vegetative/non-woody debris.
Marion County Solid Waste Coordinator Keith Brock said the county has received more calls in recent years from residents seeking to dispose of yard waste. They haven’t been allowed to take it to the transfer station because Cox Interior doesn’t want it mixed in with the larger limbs that it grinds for fuel.
Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly added that the county has received more frequent complaints about limbs being thrown into ditches.
Brock said he has spoken with Lebanon city officials about setting up a staging area for residents to drop of grass clippings leaves and smaller limbs that can be ground into mulch. He added that the mulch could be given away or used as cover material at two abandoned landfills.
The only anticipated cost would be renting a grinder for $3,400 for one day, and county officials said they would only need it one day a year. The proposal would be for the city and the county to split the costs.
The magistrates voted unanimously in favor of the idea, pending a memorandum of agreement with the city. The Lebanon City Council expressed support for the idea at its July 8 meeting.