Over the next five years, Rock Hill city and school officials will develop a comprehensive program they hope will reduce waste and increase recycling in the schools.
As part of the agreement approved Monday night by the Rock Hill City Council, the school district will pay the city up to $140,000 for the collection and disposal of solid waste, while the city will give the proceeds of the recycling back to the district.
Recycling programs in the past have not been "vibrant," said city public works director Paul Carlisle.
"The most exciting thing is students get the other 'R' - recycling," he said.
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The city will provide cardboard recycling as well as in-school recycling bins.
Carlisle said he hopes the program will send the same message to students that the city tries to do - recycle.
The council also set a Feb. 16 public hearing about changes in the city's Downtown Redevelopment Plan.
Also Monday, the council approved lower building permit fees, keeping with City Manager David Vehaun's goal of making the city more business-friendly.
Officials found Rock Hill's building permit fees for large commercial projects were higher than those in other cities.
The fees are calculated using the value of the proposed work, how much is charged per $1,000 of construction value and the plan review fee, the last of which comes into affect when the value of proposed construction exceeds $1,000 and must be submitted for approval.
With the new fee schedule, permit rates for construction valued between $200,000 and $1 million will drop to $3 - from $3.50 - per $1,000 of value. A new rate for construction valued at more than $1 million was added and dropped the cost for developments in that range to $2, from $3.50, for each additional $1,000.
The plan review fee was lowered to 25 percent of the building fee, from 50 percent.
Rock Hill adopted the redevelopment plan in 1988, selling $7 million in tax increment bonds to pay for public improvements within the nearly 107-acre downtown area. The plan was amended in 1991 to reduce the size of the redevelopment zone to 35 acres.
In 2004, the city added the Textile Corridor - including the site of the old Bleachery property - to the district, making it nearly 160 acres, and issued $40 million in tax increment bonds.
Now the city is proposing to:
Add 10 acres that comprise what's known as the Downtown East area along East Main and Black streets, to the area.
Extend the duration of the project to 2041 from the 2029 deadline.
Issue $20 million in bonds to pay for improvements.