Hazardous Waste Trust Fund Application for Reimbursement Approved

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga.- The Board of Commissioners approved an application for the hazardous waste trust fund reimbursement in their May 17 meeting.

The board also approved the United Futbol Academy Soccer contract. Another contract they approved at the meeting was the UNG swimming pool agreement. The board also voted to renew the Lumpkin County Health Insurance policy.

The hazardous waste trust is set up through the Georiga Department of  Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division. This provides reimbursement to counties that have investigation and remediation facilities. The facility that Lumpkin County has is the Barlow Road Landfill and it is monitored on annual bases. The landfill closed to municipal solid waste on Dec. 7, 1998.

The county has received three reimbursements in 2002, 2008, and 2017. The first one in 2002 was for a total of $127,392.13, the next one in 2008 was for $13,240.13, and the last one in 2017 was $90,039.78.

Currently, the county is eligible for a reimbursement of $57,241.20. The commissioners were unanimous in their vote to approve the application. To learn more about the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Divison visit https://epd.georgia.gov/.

The United Futbol Academy is the current provider of youth soccer for the park and recreation department. The county has been under contract with the organization since 2014. They currently cover the cost of youth soccer for the department.

Had the commissioners chosen to not renew the contract then a budget amendment would have been needed to fund the soccer season. They would also need to hire staff to coach the teams, and referees for the games. There would also have been a need for the county to buy the equipment necessary for the soccer season. With all this in mind, the commissioners voted to continue the contract with UFA.

Due to the closing of the public pool and a stall on the future aquatic center, there is currently a need for the county to have a contract with UNG for the use of the swimming pool. Without the use of the pool, the parks and recreation department can not offer swimming lessons or have a place for swim teams to practice.

The county had a successful contract with the school in 2019 and 2021. The financial impact of the contract is $1,888, which is already planned for in the current budget.

The commissioners also voted to continue with self-insurance, funding both the stop-loss premium increase along with funding for expected costs and continue funding $220,000 to the reserve fund with no cost increase to employees, and approve the VSP contract. To view the full contract details visit http://lumpkincountyga.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1618&Inline=True, it begins on page 68.


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