It now appears that Loudon sludge more likely will be taken to
the Matlock Bend Landfill rather than to the McMinn County Landfill in Athens, Loudon Utility Board
members learned Monday.
Rather than replacing a faulty auger at a cost close to $1 million,
LUB is planning to haul sewer sludge to a landfill. On April 8, the board had discussed hauling the
material to McMinn County, where the cost would be $24 a ton compared to the $38 a ton charged at
the Loudon landfill.
Plans changed Monday.
Lynn Mills, LUB general manager, said the
utility, as part of the city, should be receiving a special rate of $20 a ton rather than the $38
that was quoted. The shorter distance to the Matlock Bend facility should be more cost effective at
the lower rate, Mike Lambert, LUB assistant manager, said.
Lambert said he had been contacted
by Robert Harrison, Loudon representative on the Loudon County Solid Waste Landfill Commission.
Harrison indicated the utility should get the city's rate.
The cost could be
increased to the original $38 however, because hauling is contracted out and the higher price is
charged to the haulers.
Eugene Lambert, LUB member, said perhaps the city should look into
hiring somebody in-house to haul the sludge. An estimated 300 tons of sludge would be hauled per
In other business, members discussed in executive session a lawsuit that was filed
against the utility. Mills said a child from Monroe County had climbed a tree and fallen into an
electrical line. The extent of the child's injury was not known, Mills said.
joint special called meeting with Loudon City Council, LUB voted to retain SunTrust Bank as the
utility's financial depository.
The board had looked at changing financial institutions
because SunTrust closed its Loudon office. Traditionally, the city has utilized a bank that was
located within city limits.
Mike Lambert said he had received quotes from six financial
institutions, but after much study of complicated bank specifications, he recommended keeping funds
at SunTrust. He said the utility will deposit daily into First National Bank and the funds would be
wired to SunTrust. A SunTrust bank is still operating in Lenoir City.