Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Now, Garbage Drop Getting Dangerous

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Now, Garbage Drop Getting Dangerous

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Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer

Dropping off household garbage and yard trash at the Clay County Environmental Convenience Center on County Road 214 near Keystone Heights has become somewhat risky recently as a result of increased traffic congestion.

The volume of cars and trucks hauling refuse to the dump site is so heavy at times, county officials say, that vehicles often line up along the two-lane county road and create a potential hazard for themselves and other motorists.

But trips to the facility just north of Florida 100, which has been open more than 10 years, should become safer and more convenient for those who use it in the near future.

The County Commission voted during its regular meeting in Green Cove Springs Tuesday to close the existing drop-off center and relocate the equipment to a 10-acre parcel on the opposite side of County Road 214 at the corner of Monongahela Avenue. Commissioners authorized the purchase of the property from Big Tree Lakes Ltd. for $50,000.

"This will improve safety by eliminating the stacking of cars on County Road 214," said Commissioner Glenn Lassiter, whose district extends from Middleburg to Keystone Heights.

The 10-acre site is the second and final piece of property the county needs for the project, said Assistant County Attorney Fran Moss, who said a previous purchase price of $7,000 had already been authorized for a smaller parcel.

When the project is completed, residents will access the new Environmental Convenience Center from Monongahela Avenue and will be able to drive their vehicles all the way into the facility, said DeWayne Igou, the county's deputy director of environmental services.

Commissioner George Bush questioned the price tag for the 10 acres, saying he thought $5,000 an acre was too high, especially since the Clay County Property Appraiser's Office currently lists the property's value at only $18,600.

Moss, however, pointed out that recent real estate sales in the area reflect a higher property value than that reflected by the Property Appraiser's Office. …

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