After some calculations, the Morgan County Solid Waste Management District plans to choose a route for the countys recycling. Board members voted Friday to take the decision under advisement until their next meeting in November.

Two bids were submitted, one by Best Way, which currently takes care of the Morgantown recycling, and another by Rays Trash Service, which handles the other county sites. Director Leonard Huffman said it would be up to the board if one service would get the entire deal or individual deals would be made for each site.

Best Way and Rays both gave multiple estimates for service, including one- and two-year rates for the countys six pickup sites: Martinsville, Mooresville, Paragon, Monrovia, Brooklyn and Morgantown. The companies gave rates for different bin combinations, varying weekly or bi-weekly pickups and the prices for extra pulls.

The board had asked for the rates for 40-yard bins; only Rays provided that information. Best Way provided information for 30-yard bins, which led members to need to calculate the different prices.

The new contract will come into effect January 2016.

Huffman told the board he was made aware of a price change for large diameter tractor tires, measuring 54 inches across or greater, during Tox Away Days. The price is now $75.

Huffman also gave the bi-monthly financial report. The checking account balance as of July 6 was $92,367.97 and total expenditures for July and August totaled $16,815.98. Total 2015 expenditures equal $81,141.37 and the Sept. 4 checking account balance set at $75,568.93.

Work on the Blue Bluff Road improvement projects is expected to begin next week, according to Morgan County Redevelopment Commission member Jeff Quyle. Eric Wathen gave the commission an update at its meeting Friday morning.

Work was waiting on AT&T lines and Duke Energy poles to move in relation to the new IPL site. Construction equipment has been unloaded at the site, and the project is expected to take four to five weeks to complete.

Commission members unanimously passed a motion to send a letter to INDOT, legislators and the Indiana governor stating that TIF districts and improvement plans have been put in place along Ind. 37 in preparation as the highway is a likely route for Ind. 69. Quyle said the letter is a way of saying, Here are the facts, not a way to convince officials to make I-69 go up Ind. 37 to Indianapolis. The letter will be written and sent in the next couple of weeks.

The commission passed a motion to proceed with an application to the USDA Intermediary Relending Program for up to $800,000, which was originally brought up at the August meeting. The IRP would allow the commission to borrow money from the USDA at 1 percent interest, thus providing a less expensive way than traditional bonds to pay for improvements.

The program could potentially save taxpayers considerable money and would allow the redevelopment commission to set up a revolving loan program, which would incentivize growth of local or new businesses.

Members also discussed the possibility of having a half-day strategic planning retreat to talk about future plans and activities for the commission. The excess meeting would take place sometime between November and January.

Quyle gave an update to the commission regarding an unidentified economic development project. The project, according to IEDC officials, is requesting a local incentive offer to construct a project in one of the county TIF districts. Quyle said he will work with Morgan County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Chelsey Manns to offer an incentive package for the project, which would involve an investment of around $70 million and over 100 jobs.

No decisions regarding the project were made and likely wont be for several weeks.

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