Crump: City residents will pay to dump construction debris

 

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — City Manager Monty Crump said Wednesday morning during the city’s annual retreat to Rotary Lodge at Hinson Lake that city residents soon will have to take their own construction-related debris to the landfill, and they’ll have to pay for it.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Rockingham City Manager Monty Crump, right, and Mayor Steve Morris.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Rockingham City Manager Monty Crump, right, and Mayor Steve Morris.

Crump said Richmond County residents have been paying to dump construction-related debris at convenience sites and the county-operated landfill for some time and said he’s promised the county that the city of Rockingham will come on board this year.

“They’re going to charge us for it,” Crump said of the landfill. Right now, “city residents are getting it at no cost.”

Residents will no longer be able to put the items at their curb and have it picked up by city personnel. Only in instances in which residents use a city truck or trailer will the city resident be billed for hauling the debris to the landfill.

Crump said the changes could be in effect by mid-fall this year but said “the county has been very patient” in waiting for the city to come on board. Crump also did not provide during the meeting any details as to what the charges might be.

“We’re going to try and make this as easy as possible,” Crump said. “There’s going to be a learning curve with residents.”

During the early morning session of the city of Rockingham’s annual budget retreat inside Rotary Lodge at Hinson Lake, Crump and City Council members heard from Assistant City Manager Sabrina McDonald, Police Chief Billy Kelly, Fire Chief Charles Gardner, Larry Harrelson of Buildings and Grounds and Richard Haugen with Water & Sewer and Streets Sanitation.

After a 10-minute break, council members and department heads are to meet with six more department heads and agency representatives, including the water plant, wastewater plant, planning parks and recreation and the Richmond Community Theatre. Finance Director Hazel Tew, also on the agenda, is on vacation this week and will not appear during the session.

The public work session — other than media outlets, there is no one but city staff or elected city officials present — is to stop at noon for lunch and come back into session at 1 p.m. for open discussion by council members.

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