Dougherty County set to OK a solid waste disposal agreement with Lee County

Officials say the proposal is a win-win for the neighbor counties

ALBANY — The Dougherty County Commission is expected to approve at its business meeting next week an agreement with Lee County that would allow the Lee County Utilities Authority to deliver up to 14 tons a week of “sludge” to the Dougherty Solid Waste Landfill.

The commission discussed the matter at its work session Monday morning, and the chairman of the county’s Public Works Committee told the board the proposal has that committee’s support.

“I think this is an excellent opportunity not only to promote regionalism and to build a closer relationship with our neighbor (Lee County),” Public Works Committee Chairman John Hayes said, “but it also gives us an opportunity to generate new revenue for our Solid Waste Enterprise Fund.

“The Public Works Committee agrees that this is a great opportunity.”

Lee Utilities Authority General Manager Chris Boswell attended Monday’s commission meeting and told the board approval of the request would benefit Lee County.

“The hauler that we’ve contracted with for years previously owned a portion of that large industrial landfill in Harris County,” Boswell said. “They sold their portion recently, and since then they’ve had a hard time disposing of some of the waste they’re responsible for, including ours in Lee County.

“This agreement would really benefit Lee County.”

Dougherty Solid Waste Director Scott Addison said the delivery from Lee County would not have a great impact on the Dougherty landfill.

“This is just smart business,” Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard said. “It’s a win-win for both communities.”