Kanawha County solid waste officials say they don’t yet have a start date for a repaving project at the Slack Street recycling center in Charleston.
“I think we’re still a few weeks out from getting started,” said James Young, executive director of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority. Once started, Young said, “They hope to get the job finished within about two weeks.”
On Aug. 19, members of the Solid Waste Authority voted on an almost $93,000 contract to pave most of the parking area at the Slack Street Recycling Center. The price, the lower of two bids received by the Solid Waste Authority, came from BPI Inc. in Hurricane.
“The other one was about $108,000,” Young said. “This one was quite a bit lower.”
The entrance and parking areas at Slack Street are currently a hodgepodge of dirt, ruts, gravel and concrete. Recycling center owner George Hunyadi has been patching areas around the center with free loads of leftover concrete from neighboring business Arrow Concrete.
But solid waste officials have been talking about paving the area around the recycling center for several months, both to make it easier for county residents to drop off materials at the center and to improve the appearance of the Slack Street facility.
Even though there have also been discussions for the past couple of years about the possibility of building a more modern recycling facility somewhere else in Kanawha County, solid waste officials finally decided it was better to do something about Slack Street now.
“If there is a long-term solution, it’s not in the near future,” Young said. “It’s apparent right now that [Slack Street] is what we have, so we have to use it.”
While most of the area around the recycling center will be paved, Young said contractors want to pour concrete pads under the facility’s recycling bins, a plan that will require temporarily moving the bins so the concrete can be poured and have time to dry.
Hunyadi expects to meet with contractors and solid waste officials early this week to talk about paving plans.
He assumes contractors will want to pave one side of the parking area, move the bins, then pour concrete and spread asphalt on the other side before moving the bins back to their original locations.
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