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Hillis puts lid on career as sanitation director
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Steve Hillis attended his last committee meeting as director of Warren County Sanitation.

The county Health and Welfare Committee held this month’s session in Hillis’ office on Belmont Drive. 

“I’ve never had this many people in my office at one time,” said Hillis. 

Hillis then talked some trash.

“This is my report for December,” he said. “We had Christmas. We hauled about 200 tons over three days at Christmas.”

During December, more than 735 tons were hauled to Southern Central at a cost of $32,732. It amounted to 120 loads. That trash went into a landfill.

Recycled was 75 tons and that effort brought $4,915 back to the county: 28 tons of metal ($4,035), almost a ton of aluminum cans ($835), and six used batteries ($45).

The department paid $483 to WastAway to accept one load, or slightly more than 10 tons, for recycling. 

Received during the month were eight tons of newsprint and 33 tons of cardboard. However, no money was received for recycling those. 

“We’re still not getting any money for newsprint and cardboard,” said Hillis. “They (recycling businesses) are having a hard time getting rid of it. If we give it to them, at least we aren’t putting it into a landfill.”

Collected: 1,769 tires, 175 gallons of used oil, one ton of electronics, and two tons of plastic. 

Hillis announced his retirement after 38 years, effective Feb. 1. The deadline for applying for his position was Jan. 14. 

According to County Executive Jimmy Haley’s office, two individuals applied. The person chosen will oversee five full-time and 22 part-time employees.