Fort Mill Times

All those post-Christmas boxes, trash? York County is working on a place to put it.

York County Council approved a public service use Nov. 7 for property along Fort Mill Parkway to set up a temporary recycling center to replace the 160 East site that’s closing. The county is always working to open a permanent facility.
York County Council approved a public service use Nov. 7 for property along Fort Mill Parkway to set up a temporary recycling center to replace the 160 East site that’s closing. The county is always working to open a permanent facility.

There’s no telling how it’ll fit into a stocking, but York County residents just might get a new trash and recycling site for Christmas.

York County Council approved a public service use Nov. 7 for property along Fort Mill Parkway. The use would allow for a temporary collection center to replace the current one on Tom Hall Street, where the land under it was sold to make way for a medical building and other re-development.

“This was the fastest way to get a temporary site,” said Eric Rekitt, county public works director. “This is using an existing, county-owned parcel on the corner of East Hensley (Road) and the Fort Mill Parkway.”

A typical collection site needs to be 3.5 acres or more. The temporary site would sit on .52 acres, prompting a single question from County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell.

“Is this going to work?” he asked.

The temporary site will provide minimal services, including trash collection, mixed recycling and accepting large and bulky items. Those services are the main ones residents use, and would lose when the current site closes. It already had its lease extended to allow the county time to find a replacement. The nearest county service center to the closing one is the Baxter facility near Baxter Village.

“This will work on a temporary basis,” Rekitt said of the small site. “It’ll help alleviate what would go to Baxter otherwise. It won’t provide all the other services that we normally have at all the other centers.”

Baxter is one of the busiest trash and recycling collection centers the county runs, Rekitt has said in the past.

The site won’t have access off the parkway. It will have a circle traffic pattern inside a fenced and gated facility, mainly gravel with an asphalt entrance and driveway. The agreement would allow use there through Jan. 31, 2018 at which time the county expects to have a full site opened nearby.

“This is temporary,” Rekitt said. “We’re asking for one year.”

The county spoke with neighboring property owners before making the decision. One is the same person the county is negotiating with on the full site. The temporary site is part of a larger property that was bisected when the parkway opened. Once a full site opens, the temporary site will be re-cleared.

“We plan on reverting it back to its original state once complete,” Rekitt said.

The plan is to have the temporary site ready in December. Council, on the same night it approved the public service use, agreed on an extension for the current collection site on Tom Hall Street through Dec. 31.

Riverview fire station

Council also took a step toward a new fire station for the Riverview Volunteer Fire Department. Council passed the second of three readings on a financing agreement for $1.5 million. One final approval is needed to complete it.

A special fire tax district allocates money in the Riverview district, as several others do for their own districts throughout York County. A five-member tax board decides how the tax money is spent. Council appoints those members.

In recent weeks the second Riverview station became a point of contention when, after a couple of years working toward it, an alternate proposal arose. In that plan the county would fund a few firefighters in Tega Cay, who would aid firefighters in Riverview and delay the need for a new station.

The tax board determines how money is spent. The financing agreement would give the option of a 15- or 30-year loan from Clover Community Bank.

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