Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

By Becky Jane Newbold
Managing Editor 

County struggles with mountain of trash problem

 

February 6, 2020

Lewis County faces a severe budget crisis in the Solid Waste department following the shut down of a landfill in Decatur County where household trash has been transported. Beginning February 10, 2020, all of Lewis County's household trash will be hauled to Lewisburg, costing the county $17 extra per ton, which can amount to a shortfall of $111,500. Above, the demolition field where only the disposal of construction materials is allowed.

Two proposals were presented to the Lewis County Board of Commissioners Monday, meeting in joint committee sessions. Each proposal means more money from taxpayer pockets. And no commissioner was happy about that.

Increased fees to dispose of household garbage, which must be trucked to Lewisburg beginning this month, are projected to create a $111,500 shortfall in the already tight Solid Waste Department budget.

Members of the Board, all of whom were present, determined a committee to closely review costs versus income was in order and appointments were made.

Members of the Board of Commis...



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