Monday 10/21

The semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day has been set its  Saturday, Nov. 1, as the year’s second opportunity for Cleveland and Bradley County residents to safely dispose of unwanted refuse. Project planners believe community participation in the coming event could be much heavier due in part to the mass distribution of 35,000 informational fliers by Cleveland Utilities in the company’s billing statements to customers two months ago.The collection events, which receive household waste streams that are deemed to be hazardous to the environment, have averaged 500 to 800 households over the past few years. “Thanks to Cleveland Utilities’ willingness to help promote the event this fall, we’re anticipating a large turnout,” Dunson said.Set for the Tri-State Exhibition Center, the HHWCD event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participation by area residents is free of charge and it allows users to drop off waste streams that should not be tossed into the household trash or taken to the Bradley County Landfill. Participants are urged to “properly package” their hazardous refuse for two key reasons. One, it keeps traffic flowing at the Tri-State drop-off site; and two, it better protects the safety of volunteers who are unloading the hazardous waste. One of the“biggest misperception” involves empty paint cans and dried-up paint.“Residents can place their empty paint cans or cans containing dried-up paint in their household trash,” Dunson stressed. “We’re going to make a concerted effort to only accept cans that contain liquid paint in an effort to help defray disposal costs.”
“When an event like this can cost upwards of $50,000, we must be discriminative of which types of waste we accept for disposal,” she explained.
Dunson also pointed out no commercial or agribusiness waste can be accepted because the HHWCD event is limited to Bradley County residents.Dunson credited Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis for his continued willingness to fund the HHWCD event. Calling some types of household refuse “difficult waste streams to dispose of,” Dunson pointed to the importance of the mayor’s mindset on working with area residents in a program that protects the environment and conveniences area taxpayers.for a complete list of items accepted go to our web site

Examples of household hazardous waste that WILL be accepted include:

n Automotive and marine products: Oil and fuel additives, grease and rust solvents, naval jelly, carburetor and fuel-injector cleaners, starter fluids, body putty, antifreeze and coolants, and gasoline.

n Home maintenance and improvement products: Oil-based paint, used strippers and thinners, adhesives, driveway sealant, roofing tar, wallpaper remover, and stains and varnishes.

n Home lawn and garden products: Pesticides, fertilizers and wood preservatives.

n Miscellaneous: Pool chemicals, photo-processing chemicals, medicines and drugs, aerosols and compressed gas, mercury thermostats and thermometers, and fluorescent tubes.

n Electronics: CPUs, TVs (consoles must be dismantled), monitors, printers and keyboards.

Examples of hazardous wastes that will NOT be accepted include:

n Empty paint cans and solidified paint.

n Medical and biological: Needles and sharps, infectious wastes, dead animals and any waste from a doctor’s office, clinic or vet office.

n Explosives and ammunition: Fireworks, military ordnance, gun powder and ammunition.

n Radioactives: Smoke detectors and radium paint.

n Business and institutional waste: Drop-offs will not be accepted from businesses (large or small), colleges, universities, schools, hospitals, home improvement or painting contractors, or agribusiness.

n Miscellaneous: Empty containers of any kind, automotive gas tanks, laboratory chemicals or cooking oil.
“Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the year-round electronics waste recycling efforts at the Peerless Road Recycling Center,” Dunson said.
The Tri-State Exhibition Center is located in the McDonald community off Nature’s Trail, formerly known as Pleasant Grove Road.
For more information, contact Dunson at 303-7107 or KAB executive director Joanne Maskew at 559-3307.

A grant program specifically for East Tennessee “has been provided by a private individual in memory of Kenneth McCaleb,” according to a news release.The grants are available in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,500.Organizations with projects matching the criteria have until Oct. 31 to apply.“Grants can be used for all appropriate expenses to complete a greenway or trail project to or in a state park, state natural area or other public land in East Tennessee,” according to a news release.The Foundation stated in a release, “nonprofit organizations, community groups, ‘Friends’ groups, city or county governmental agencies or state parks/natural areas located in Tennessee are encouraged to apply.”Local examples would include the city or county parks and recreation department, the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway and similar organizations.Greenway Public Arts Committee member Joe McCullough said if the committee were to apply for the grant it would plan on using the funding to preserve future sculptures on the Greenway.

During a Monday afternoon Bradley County Commission meeting, a representative from the sheriff’s department said that there were 266 emergency calls unanswered by the SPCA regarding animals.Later Monday evening, the SPCA Board addressed the allegations.SPCA Board President Ed Elkins said, “No one from the SPCA Board had heard about this.”President Elkins also pointed out that all of these allegedly missed calls dated back to July, well before the formation of the current board. President Elkins said much of the trouble was created by infighting between various groups concerned about the shelter. During the meeting, President Elkins also told the board that people have been “driving from all over to adopt the animals.” He said one woman even drove all of the way from Wisconsin to adopt an animal she saw on the Bradley County SPCA’s Facebook page.
Bradley County Commissioner Charlotte Peak urged the commission to think before possibly voting to opt out of using state approved ICC building codes.She said, “If we opt out, we might as well kiss all of these grants goodbye that we’ve ever applied for.”
She also said not adopting state codes would make Bradley County ineligible for FEMA assistance and many future grants. Currently, 35 counties in Tennessee have opted out of the state codes.
Commissioner Jeff Yarber asked if it were possible for the commission to create their own codes, but Commissioner Peak said it was not.
Gary Farley, an official from the state fire marshall’s office, said that adopting the codes would make insurance on homes and buildings lower, while opting out would raise insurance prices.
According to the ICC’s website, building codes “provide protection from tragedy caused by fire, structural collapse and general deterioration in our homes, schools, stores and manufacturing facilities.”
During the meeting, a motion to approve bond for EMA employees to carry weapons was also approved.
Also a motion  passed to lower the speed limit to 35 m.p.h. on Urbane Road for vehicles with three or more axles. For all other vehicles, the speed limit remains 45 m.p.h.
Another motion passed to increase the speed limit on Benton Pike to 45 m.p.h. The increased speed limit on the road starts a quarter of a mile after Michigan Avenue Elementary.