Board hears no dissent on TV recycling fee

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County could soon charge a fee to take old television sets and computer monitors at its landfill if leaders agree.

The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed ordinance that would institute fees to accept and dispose of the electronic devices. No one spoke during the hearing. The board could act on the proposal at its next meeting.

District 5 Supervisor Marsha Shruntz said she was on the fence as to whether or not she would support the fee. Shruntz said some people call it a user fee while others might identify it as a tax. Chairman Conrad Helsley said while the fee can be called by any name the county pays to dispose of the electronic devices.

Director of Solid Waste Management Patrick Felling has said the fees would help offset the cost the county incurs to pay a third party to collect and recycle televisions and monitors. The landfill receives hundreds of the devices each year. The fact that the county doesn’t charge a disposal fee like other localities do likely makes the landfill an attractive place to toss the devices.

The ordinance as proposed sets the fees at $5 for televisions and monitors 20 inches and smaller, and $10 for sets larger than 20 inches. The proposal also seeks to align the fees for tires collected at the landfill with regulations already in place and sets the charges at $1 for cars and light trucks, $5 for larger trucks and $10 for tractor-trailers and off-road vehicles.

Also at the meeting, supervisors:

• Approved a request for a special-use permit to operate a bookkeeping and tax-service business. Sandra F. Rinker requested the permit to run the business in her home at 2471 Wissler Road, Mount Jackson. Rinker anticipates seeing no more than 10 clients at her home per week.

• Approved a permit requested by Linski Rentals LLC to install a pump-and-haul septic system to serve a restroom in a truck repair shop at 731 New Market Depot Road, New Market. The area for parking, the building footprint and a nearby well on the property limit the area for a drain field and other components of an in-ground septic system, according to county information.

• Approved the annual locality agreement between the county and the health department. The fiscal 2017 budget includes $320,932 appropriated as part of the agreement.

• Heard more information about a federal Homeland Security grant awarded to the county for a regional radio system feasibility study. R. Jason Malloy, director of emergency communications, explained that Motorola has notified his department that the main components of the county’s radio system will reach their end of life within the next few years. The county needs to conduct a feasibility study as it plans for the replacement. The county appropriated $100,000 in the fiscal 2017 budget. The grant will subsidize the effort. The board will consider accepting the grant at a future meeting.

• Heard from Helsley who requested the board hold a special work session at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 to receive an update from Grimm and Parker representatives on the potential sheriff’s office complex.

• Met in closed session to discuss County Administrator Mary T. Price’s annual evaluation and to consider appointments to several boards and committees.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com.