BoC to give update on recycling center
by Joshua Sharpe
jsharpe@mdjonline.com
March 10, 2013 12:00 AM | 1223 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The next meeting of the Cherokee County Resource Recovery Development Authority has been scheduled for 4 p.m. March 19, before the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners meet at 6 p.m.

The meeting was announced at last Tuesday evening’s board of commissioners meeting and will be the first with three new members.

Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens said Friday that the meeting will be to discuss the broad goals of the group, and the roles of the new members added on Jan. 1.

General updates will also be given on the status of Ball Ground Recycling, Jimmy Bobo’s failed business on Highway 5.

The RRDA was created in 2006 to guarantee debt on $18 million for construction of the facility.

Since the Bobos vacated the property in 2012, the county has been on the hook for making lease payments until a new operator is secured.

Ahrens said Friday that in the past month several companies have visited the property.

“At any one time we’ll have two to three interested parties,” Ahrens said.

New additions to the board include Tom Ware, Jeff Duncan and Troy Welker.

Ahrens said they represent a diverse set of personal backgrounds.

Ware previously was a member of a Cherokee parks and recreation board and is a retired executive with a national housing development firm, Ahrens said.

Duncan has been president of the Cherokee County Republican Party and is employed by a software firm, Ahrens said.

Welker, Ahrens said, owns a business which sells kitchen items to big-box retailers.

Two more new members will be added by July 1, making the board totally made up of non-elected officials, Ahrens said. They will replace the two remaining commission members on the RRDA board, District 1 Commissioner Harry Johnston and Ahrens.

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