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County Connection for Week of 10/17/2018
By David Smitherman
Pittsylvania County Administrator

"Hurricane Michael"

I think it is fair to say that Hurricane Michael surprised all of us last week with its intensity and focus on Southside Virginia. None of us were prepared for the force and devastation this storm packed. If not for the response of our paid and volunteer emergency personnel we would have surely seen more loss of life.

It’s estimated that more than one million people were out of power over the weekend, including thousands locally. Some of us are still without power and the electric companies are still working to get back power to homes and businesses. Many of us are also working to repair the damage that the rain, wind and flooding inflicted on the region.

Despite all of the devastation, our solid waste program continues to run as usual. Our collection drivers as well as landfill and convenience center operations operated on schedule, and our workers did a great job helping citizens tend to the hurricane debris brought to the County.

To aid in your recovery, we will be accepting storm debris free of charge at the landfill. Remember that any brush, bulky items, or construction debris from home repairs need to go to the landfill instead of the convenient centers and green box sites.

If you have questions, you can visit the Brosville or Mount Cross Convenience Centers and talk to our site attendants to get more information. Those sites are open from 7 AM to 9 PM Monday through Friday. Our Solid Waste Assistance Team is also available throughout the county to answer your questions. You can also visit see all of the information that we have so far about anything solid waste.

We are pleased to report that we have only had one issue with citizens leaving behind bagged trash outside the convenience centers after hours; that person will be cited. We are also happy that we have had absolutely no issues during the manned hours at either of these sites. If these are your sites, I recommend getting to know your site attendants. They are a great group of people and you’ll be seeing them a lot in the future. They are pleased to be of assistance with your questions and are there to help you and keep the site clean.

At the end of the month, the Mount Hermon Convenience Center will join the ranks of the manned sites with limited hours. We have also developed a prototype site design for our new convenience centers to be located North of Chatham. We hope to have at least 2 or 3 new sites identified by the end of 2018.

We are still seeking site attendants for some of our other pilot sites. You can apply on the county website or in person at the County administration building in Chatham you are interested in becoming a part of our solid waste team.

Finally, here’s my question for you, which I am asking at the end of each article I write. Is there something you’d like to see us change? Do you have suggestions for what we should add to our convenience centers to make your experience better? We want to know!