Greenwood County Council on Tuesday agreed to waive the landfill fess for cleanup at the Ninety Six mill site.
The fees for the landfill would be about $7,300, according to Donna Sightler, director of public works for Greenwood County. Sightler told council that the Town of Ninety Six would be demolishing three structures, a single-vehicle garage, a laundry and a mule barn.
According to documentation provided to council, the Town of Ninety Six hired D&H Associates, Inc., to perform asbestos testing on the three structures. Those results were negative. The three structures being demolished are in bad disrepair. The roof on two of the structures is completely caved in. The three structures, in addition to the old mill office, are the only structures left on the property. There is a group of people in Ninety Six trying to save the office building due to its historical value.
Sightler said the material to be taken to the landfill was comprised of mostly shingles and other materials not salvageable from the structures. Sightler told council that the Town of Ninety Six had contracted with John W. Busbin Jr. for the mill site cleanup. The contractor will be using Powell’s Trash Service and estimated there would be about 400 yards of material brought to the landfill, which translates to about 180 tons.
Councilman Steve Brown expressed some concern over allowing the contractor to use the landfill only to have the contractor walk away from the project, similar to what happened at the Kitson mill site in the City of Greenwood.
“From the conversations I’ve had, (the contractor) is going to come in and remove anything he can sell,” Brown said. “There is going to be some stuff he doesn’t want. What happened over in the City of Greenwood was (the contractor) removed what he could sell and then left town. The City of Greenwood was left with the debris and, eventually, the county had to landfill that debris. We need to do our homework up front and get some language there to make sure (the contractor) doesn’t get everything he needs and then he’s gone.”
Acting county attorney Stephen Baggett told council he would speak to the attorney for the Town of Ninety Six to make sure the town and the county would be protected in the event the contractor walked off the job.
All concerns aside, Brown said the mill site cleanup was something that needed to be done.
“We’re just trying to make sure this (contractor) is going to do what he said he is going to do,” Brown said. “I personally have very close friends who live right behind these buildings and they have been looking at those eyesores for a very long time. It seems like Ninety Six has gotten to the point where they can have them removed and it will really help that site. It’s horrible for those folks to have to live with that in front of their property.”