Board authorizes town’s participation in grant program for used-oil recycling

The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen has unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the town’s participation in a grant program for used-oil collection and recycling.
Board members took the action during their Feb. 19 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Billy Ray Morris and seconded by Alderman John Troncone.
The resolution authorizes Mayor Chris Goodman to:
(1) apply for the grant provided by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; (2) perform the necessary legal bidding process to acquire the used-oil equipment; and
(3) promptly request reimbursement after the equipment has been purchased.
The grant provides a reimbursement of up to $14,600.
Oakland must establish and operate a used automotive oil collection site that complies with the Solid Waste Management Rules and Regulations of the Standards for the Management of Oil.
The site will be inspected by the Solid Waste Management Environmental Field Office.
The resolution directs Goodman to:
(1) post the collection site’s operational hours;
(2) maintain records of quantities collected;
(3) follow proper accounting, controls and inventory procedures; and
(4) submit the state-required annual progress reports of usage.
During discussion shortly before the vote, Goodman acknowledged that the board considered the grant last year, but “unfortunately missed” the deadline for filing an application. He noted that a number of things must “get done” so the town can participate in the program.
“There’s a lot of good opportunity to gather the oil,” the mayor said. “But along with that, we plan on re-using it to heat some of our maintenance shops.”
For purchase of the used-oil equipment, Public Works Director Harvey Ellis noted that he has a list of state-approved vendors. But he said there is “no guarantee” that the cost will be “fully met” by the grant.
“There’s the potential that it could cost the town some money,” he acknowledged. “I don’t know how much, but I just want you to be aware of that.”
Ellis said the collection site will be a “do-it-yourself” recycling center designed to “augment” Oakland’s current center. But to be able to heat the maintenance building with the used oil, he said the town must be on the National Registry.
“There are a lot of rules and regulations,” he noted. “Some manpower’s going to be required, which equals dollars.”
In response to a question by Alderman Karl Chambless, Goodman said Oakland must meet some Environmental Protection Agency requirements. But Chambless noted that having the used oil as an “in-house heating resource” will save the town some money.
“Cost saving, as well as continuing to expand on recycling,” the mayor added. “I know the county is looking at participating in a number of programs on that as well.”