ROWLAND — The Rowland Board of Commissioners unanimously decided on Wednesday to temporarily move the town’s recycling center from East McCormick Street to behind the police station on Main Street after seeing evidence of residents dumping non-recyclable garbage near the center or into recycling bins.
Older police cars currently parked at the police station will be moved to the wastewater treatment plant temporarily to make room for the recycling bins. Commissioner Paul Hunt made the motion for the move.
“People are putting whatever they want down there,” he said, adding that putting a fence around the East McCormick Street center won’t stop people from tossing garbage over the fence or just outside it since there are no security cameras.
“If they can get away with it, they’re going to do it,” he said.
Faye Carlisle, the town’s interim financial officer, said she has received warnings from Waste Management, which manages Rowland’s trash and recycling pick-up, about what workers found in recycling bins.
“They said some had to go straight to the landfill … and we will be charged, and I got a $40 bill,” she said. “They found tomato plants with tomatoes on them [in recycling bins].”
Hunt said the move of the bins behind the Police Department will be a deterrent.
“If it doesn’t work, do something different,” he said.
In other business, the commissioners heard a reminder from Rowland resident Frezelle Herring that a walk to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Registration will start at 9 a.m. at the Rowland Historical Depot and the walk will start at Rowland Middle School.
The walk is sponsored by the Rowland Chamber of Commerce. Donations will go toward providing free mammograms.
In other business, the commissioners:
— Unanimously agreed to ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency for $11,000 in reimbursements that Rowland spent after a tornado hit the town in 2011. The commissioners agreed to keep the money in a separate account in case FEMA asked for it back.
— Unanimously agreed to send a proposal to the state to lower the speed limit in Rowland’s residential areas from 35 to 20 mph after Police Chief John Reaves said the current limit is “way too fast” because of the number of children in the neighborhoods.