CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Residents may be able to start dropping off their recycling at the Slack Street center within 45 days, the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority executive director said.
Norm Steenstra told Kanawha County commissioners he hopes to erect a portable building next to the current facility, which is more than 100 years old and was recently shut down for structural issues and combustible dust.
Recycling drop-offs have been suspended since March 5, when the Solid Waste Authority's board of directors voted to shut down the facility.
Steenstra hopes to have a 100-foot-long by 55-feet-wide portable building with open sides set up to allow workers to sort recyclables. If the plan is successful, residents will again be able to drop off recycling at Slack Street.
Charleston, South Charleston, Dunbar and St. Albans have not suspended curbside pickup of recyclables.
Steenstra said he would present the proposal to the Solid Waste Authority board during a meeting next Tuesday. He is unsure how much the portable building will cost, but he believes he can use grant money already in the authority's budget to pay for it.
"And it will be portable so we can take it with us if we move and use it for storage," Steenstra said.
The commission also passed the county's fiscal year 2012-2013 budgets during Thursday's meeting.
The $49 million general fund budget includes no across-the-board pay raises for the fifth straight year, Commission President Kent Carper said. It also includes no new programs and no new employees, he said.
The current fiscal year's budget is $47.1 million.
Circuit Clerk Cathy Gatson and County Clerk Vera McCormick asked for 3 percent raises for employees this year. But, Carper pointed out that a 3 percent raise for all county employees would cost about $578,254.
"I could have written a 3 percent raise into the budget, but I would have had to shift all of the health care cost increases to the employees to be able to do it," Carper said. "And that would mean it would be a phony raise."
The upcoming fiscal year's budget includes $6.3 million to cover health care costs. This is up from $5.5 million budgeted during the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
The upcoming budget also includes a $175,000 allocation to the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. The same amount was budgeted this fiscal year.
The county also passed a $1.6 million coal severance budget.
The county also set up a $100,000 fund for repairs to equipment and facilities managed by Kanawha County Parks and Recreation. A total of $75,000 of this amount will come from the county's coal severance fund and $25,000 will come from the county's table games allocation by the state.
Carper said this amount wouldn't be given on a yearly basis and was only allocated so Parks and Recreation staff could perform needed and critical maintenance of facilities and equipment.
Each individual request for funds for maintenance will be reviewed by county staff on a case-by-case basis, Carper said.