Columbia County Commission awards recycling center bid



Columbia County commissioners approved a bid of more than $316,000 Tuesday to build a recycling center at an Evans park. That is $50,000 more than the county originally budgeted.

Evans-based Continental Construction won the bid to build the recycling center at Riverside Park on Hardy-McManus Road.

County Construction and Maintenance Services Director Matt Schlachter said last week that the center will be similar to one on William Few Parkway near the Georgia State Patrol office. That manned location opened in September 2009 and contains bins for electronics, plastic, newspapers and magazines, aluminum cans, food cans, and cardboard and office paper.

Additional bins for plastic and newspapers are at the Evans Government Complex.

Schlachter said the Riverside Park center will be larger than the one on William Few Parkway and will include an office for county Green Programs Manager Jenny Hinson.

The new recycling center also will cost more than expected.

Initially, officials budgeted $265,000 to build the center, according to county documents.

Funds to build the center come from the 2006-10 1-percent sales tax. Added money from the Solid Waste Fund might also get used.

County Administrator Scott Johnson work at the site might start this month.




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