Ethan Steinquest/Macon County Times Macon County Mayor Steve Jones (at right) discusses areas in the county without water service during the Macon County Commission's meeting held on Monday evening as Macon County Court Clerk Connie Blackwell and county attorney Guy Holliman listen.

Ethan Steinquest/Macon County Times

Macon County Mayor Steve Jones (at right) discusses areas in the county without water service during the Macon County Commission's meeting held on Monday evening as Macon County Court Clerk Connie Blackwell and county attorney Guy Holliman listen.

The Macon County Commission discussed a developing project to build a convenience site off of Highway 52 at its meeting on Monday evening.

"This will be a convenience site for residents in the county to drop off garbage, but it's not a landfill, dump or transfer station," Macon County Mayor Steve Jones said. "Currently, there are people having to drive 20-25 miles to Red Boiling Springs, so this is being put in the west side of the county."

According to Jones, the site will be intended for residential waste and funded primarily by state grants, though a cost estimate was unavailable at the time of the meeting.

"We've had good support from everyone about wanting it out there," Jones said. "Our goal is for it to be community and environmentally friendly. It's going to be efficiently run, operated in a clean, professional manner, easily-accessible and secured."

Recycling dumpsters, large bins, a compactor and tire trailer will be available on-site, per the design showcased at the meeting.

County attorney Guy Holliman said that despite initial concerns, rezoning would not be necessary to complete the project.

"Where we're putting the convenience center … under our zoning code, it's a high-density residential district," Holliman said. "There was a question as to whether or not we'd have to rezone that in order to put the convenience center there, but I'm satisfied it would be properly located as a central service (under code)."

The commission voted to hold a public hearing at its next meeting to allow for any comments or concerns related to the project.

In addition, the commission accepted a resolution to apply for a state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) that would be used to provide water services to some areas without it.

"We have not been able to get those grants the last two years because of the competitiveness," Jones said. "It looks as though a portion of Epperson Springs Road and Claude Fox Road are the most likely to receive a competitive grant. Historically, we have always gotten about $500,000 (when the county receives one)."

The commission also voted in favor of a $26,410 bid to repair the county's leachate drainage system, the lowest of five offers.

"What's happening is the rainwater is mixing with the leachate that's coming out and running into the system," Jones said. "We've been cited and are under violation for it, so we've got to fix it."

The Macon County Commission's next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Macon County Court House.