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Pottawatomie County recycles 353K pounds of materials

By The Mercury

Pottawatomie County residents recycled 353,640 pounds of materials in 2011, Tim Eisenbarth, director of the Noxious Weed Department told county commissioners Monday.

Eisenbarth was one of several department heads to give year-end reports during the commission’s first meeting of 2012.

Income from the recycling program totalled $14,755 in 2011, nearly doubling last year’s income of $7,708, Eisenbarth said.

The program receives income from recycled cardboard ($5,787 in 2011), newspaper ($7,397) and chemical jugs ($1,571).

The cost to transport the material to the Nemaha County Recycling Center at Seneca was $17,696 for the year.

It was noted, however, that the recycling program saved the county more than $9,000 in landfill transfer costs in 2011. The county currently pays $29.63 per ton to have waste transferred from the landfill.

In other year-end reports from department heads Monday:

• Betty Abitz said 1,072 mortgages were filed with the Register of Deeds office in 2011 — 90 fewer than 2010, but with a total indebtedness of nearly $136.7 million — approximately $8,000 higher than the previous year.

Her office brought in $463,695 in recording and service fees in 2011 — almost $24,000 more than in 2010.

• Sanitarian Scott Schwinn said the county landfill shipped out 88,022 tons of material in 2011 — 200 tons more than was hauled away in 2010.

The county pays $29.63 per ton to have material hauled from the landfill, and charges $36 per ton to accept waste.

• For the first time in many years, there was more building activity in St. George Township than in Blue Township in 2011, according to Gregg Webster, zoning administrator.

Webster’s department issued 65 building permits in 2011, comparable to the 66 in 2010, and a decline in the number of permits issued in previous years: 88 in 2009; 92 in 2008; and 118 in 2007.

In the 10-year span from 2002-2011, the county issued 1,110 building permits, an average of 111 per year, Webster said. That figure doesn’t include building permits issued within incorporated cities in the county.

For the month of December, the zoning department issued 12 building permits at a total value of $1,123,600. Five of those permits were for residential dwellings.

That compares to 10 permits issued in December of 2010, with a total value of $646,300, according to figures presented by Webster.

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