Landfill extends hours to assist in storm clean up

NEWTON, NC (August 2, 2013) - Catawba County’s Blackburn Landfill will be open for extended hours on Saturdays throughout August to assist cities and towns, and the public, with the disposal of debris from the flooding in the county on July 27, 2013.

The Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and Construction and Demolition (C&D) Landfill will be open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2013. It is normally open on Saturdays only from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

“We know that many homeowners and business in Catawba County face a large cleanup after the July 27 flooding, so we are happy to extend the Landfill operating hours for all of August in the hope that it will assist our citizens as they clean up the damage,” said Jack Chandler, Catawba County’s Assistant Director of Utilities and Engineering.

Catawba County Manager, Tom Lundy has authorized fee waivers for solid waste tipping fees, zoning and flood plain development fees, and building permit fees for Catawba County properties affected by the July 27 flooding. To be eligible for these waivers, Emergency Services must certify any and all storm damage. Waivers are retroactive to the date of the flooding for those certified as affected. Catawba County is not permitted to waive a North Carolina mandated state tax of $2.00 per ton.

These actions come as Catawba County continues the process of seeking state and federal disaster assistance.

On August 1, 2013, Catawba County Emergency Services Director Bryan Blanton sent a letter to North Carolina Division of Emergency Management Director Michael Sprayberry which said the Federal and State damage assessment teams have, “verified that there are sufficient uninsured and underinsured losses to homes and businesses to request a US SBA Disaster Loan Declaration. This declaration will provide low interest loans to qualified applicants.”

The letter further states, “Given that many of the affected areas are low income housing areas, that Catawba has 10.8 unemployment rate and many more underemployed residents we respectfully request that North Carolina Emergency Management and Governor McCrory consider making all other individual assistance options available under a Type 1 Individual Assistance Declaration as defined in NCGS 166A. Many Catawba County residents unemployment status may also (be) affected by the business and agriculture damage the county has sustained during this flood”.

For more information on operations at the Blackburn Landfill, you may call 704-462-1348.