County commissioners who sit as the authority board selected McKinlay Wednesday morning at their regular meeting. The vote was 7-0.
The board then selected as officers two new commissioners; Mack Bernard as vice chair and Dave Kerner as secretary.
Mayor Paulette Burdick had nominated Bernard as authority chair but there was no second. Mary Lou Berger then nominated McKinlay.
McKinlay has been the authority board’s vice chair. She succeeds Hal Valeche, who also has been county vice mayor. By tradition, the county commission’s vice mayor heads the authority’s governing board.
The authority said that’s for people living outside municipalities; if you live in a city or town, check with its officials for their procedures. If you live in a multi-home community with dumpster service, contact your homeowners association or property management company directly
As a general rule, the authority said, trees can be up to eight feet long — if yours is longer, cut it in half — and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Remember to remove all decorations, lights and tinsel.
The authority said collected Christmas trees are burned in its giant waste-to-energy plants, although some are mulched and used on authority properties.
For more, call 561-697-2700 or 866-SWA-INFO (866-792-4636).
Leaving your Palm Beach Post at the curb — after you’ve read every word, of course — continues to pay off.
Residents recycled 816,000 tons of material in the budget year ending Sept. 30, allowing the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County to pass on nearly a half million dollars to area cities, the authority said Friday.
By the way, that 81,600 tons — 163 million pounds — equals the weight of eight Eiffel Towers.
The authority’s Municipal Revenue Share Program rewards its municipal partners, who collect the recyclables, with a portion of proceeds; this year’s total was $497,000. Since the program started in 2010, the authority has distributed nearly $8.5 million to participating cities to use as they wish.
This budget year’s breakdown by municipality, sorted by biggest share since 2010:
Accepted items include audio/visual equipment such as VCRs, and stereos; cellphones and rechargeable batteries; computer central processing units (CPUs) and monitors; laptops; accessories such as keyboards, mouse devices, printers and scanners; televisions; telephones and FAX machines; and even holiday lights.
To recycle items, don’t leave them at the curb; instead take them to one of the authority’s seven recycling Centers. Large quantities might require special disposal; call ahead.
The authority will sort the items and a private contractor will haul them off. Any useful components are processed for reuse; the rest is shredded, with the materials separated by type and recycled into new products.
Not clear: who will be picked for the mostly-ceremonial mayor’s post. Valeche, hospitalized for weeks in late October and early November, said Nov. 9 he would not stand for mayor, citing his health. Since the position of mayor was created in 2013, the board traditionally has turned to the person who is Vice Mayor and is chairman as the commission sits as the governing board of the Solid Waste Authority. That would be Valeche. Next up would be Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, the current vice chair of the Solid Waste Authority’s board.
Also on today’s agenda:
Westlake: A vote to approve changing the boundaries of its Municipal Service Taxing Unit for fire-rescue to include the new city of Westlake.
Cancer Treatment Centers: A vote to approve $357,500 in local incentives for Boca Raton-based Cancer Treatment Centers of America, which will spend at least $14.,5 million to buy and renovate an existing building for its corporate headquarters.
Palm Beach County Commission Meeting: When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Public comment at 2 p.m. Where:Sixth-floor chambers, Weisman Palm Beach County Governmental Center,301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach
County Vice Mayor, and newly-reelected Commissioner, Hal Valeche, hospitalized for weeks, said Wednesday he will not stand for the mostly-ceremonial mayor’s post when the new commission is seated at its Nov. 22 meeting.
“I don’t think I can do it because of my health. I’m going to decline,” Valeche said from Jupiter Medical Center, where he’s been since at least Oct. 24.
For the position of mayor, created in 2013, the board traditionally has turned to the person who is Vice Mayor and also is chairman as the commission sits as the governing board of the Solid Waste Authority. That would be Valeche. Next up would be Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, the current vice chair of the Solid Waste Authority’s board.
The authority reported last week that volume was about 40 percent higher the Monday and Tuesday after Matthew’s Oct. 6 near-miss than it was for Sept 26-27, before the storm became a threat.
The authority said Matthew knocked down a lot of vegetation but that people also took the opportunity during preparation and cleanup to do mini-spring cleanings. The problem grew geometrically when pickups were canceled for Oct. 6-7.
Matthew generated about one day’s worth of additional garbage and three to four days of additional yard trash, Chief Operating Officer Mark Eyeingtonold county commissioners sitting Tuesday as the authority’s board.
“We’re slowly getting back to normal,” John Archambo, the authority’s director of customer relations, told the board. He said garbage pickups are caught up and yard pickups should catch up by Saturday.
The figures are for all garbage, including household trash, large items such as furniture or appliances, and yard trash, the authority said.
“All of the fallen trees, branches, palm fronds and other yard waste generated by Hurricane Matthew have created a lot more yard waste than usual. In addition, residents appear to be throwing away larger items from their garages and yards they may have moved or stored during their storm preparation, but may now feel they don’t need or want any longer,” the authority said in a release.
On top of that, the authority said, regular collections were canceled on Thursday and Friday, causing a backlog.
The authority said all garbage pickup should be back to normal by next week but it might be another week or two before that pile of yard trash at your curb is hauled off.
Call the authority’s customer service line at 561-697-2700 or 866-792-4636.