Citing the need for facilities to store recycled material from construction to begin soon on such LEED certified projects as the courthouse remodeling, the Kiowa County Commission agreed at its April 21 meeting to lease three 45-foot pods to be located with the cardboard baler at the north county landfill.


   Citing the need for facilities to store recycled material from construction to begin soon on such LEED certified projects as the courthouse remodeling, the Kiowa County Commission agreed at its April 21 meeting to lease three 45-foot pods to be located with the cardboard baler at the north county landfill.
  Road and Bridge Superintendent Doyle Conrad had earlier told commissioners that an extra $30,000 in expenses could be incurred if a plan to handle such recycling needs were not put in place soon.
  “It could cost us that much if the contractor has to haul recyclables from the courthouse back to Wichita,” Conrad said.  “It may require a county employee to be there (at north landfill) a lot of the time to bale cardboard and handle other materials, but that would be cheaper.”
   He also went on to say the recycling volume from such new construction projects as the business incubator would be lower than that flowing from the courthouse remodeling.
   Commission Chair Gene West said that while he had no problem leasing the pods and having someone on hand to bale at the landfill it was “up to the contractor and City to get the materials to the north landfill.”
   Kendal Lothman also spoke in favor of using the pods as a recycling plan, noting “If we don’t set up some system to recycle this stuff it’s going to fill up our landfills that much faster.”
   Discussion later turned to the possibility of erecting a pole barn that could be erected to serve as recycling material storage later in the summer.  West later told Conrad he wants his department to be in its “new building by October.  We at least need to have the maintenance and recycling building done for you by then.”