Of the. March Presents General Assembly Congratulatory Resolution to NRRA – PCPatriot

Of the. Marie March makes remarks Wednesday at the New River Resource Authority supported by (left to right) Tom Starnes, Executive Director Joe Levine and Dirk Compton of Pulaski County. (Mike Williams/The Patriot)

By MIKE WILLIAMS

The Patriot

The New River Resource Authority – which provides solid waste management services to residents of the New River Valley – was celebrated in a ceremony at Cloyd’s Mountain landfill in north Dublin on Wednesday.

The subject of the ceremony was the presentation by Seventh District Delegate Marie March of a commendatory resolution from the Virginia General Assembly recognizing the NRRA for its more than 30 years of service.

March introduced the resolution in the recent session of the legislature, and it was approved by both the House of Delegates and the state Senate.

Attending the catered ceremony were current and past members of the NRRA Board of Directors, regional government officials, vendors and consultants who regularly work with the authority, and others.

Presenting the resolution to the NRRA, March said the authority had – since its inception in 1986 – “provided enduring economic stability and demonstrated exceptional environmental compliance while maintaining the lowest regional dumping charges.”

March said the NRRA Board and Executive Director Joe Levine operated a debt-free operation and reserve fund to meet future environmental requirements – without having to impose additional tax burdens on area citizens. .

“I want to thank the board and Mr. Levine for their foresight and careful management of their budget, as well as their concern for our citizens,” March said. “I look forward to seeing what the NRRA accomplishes in the future.”

State Senator Travis Hackworth, 38e District, participated in the presentation and noted that the Cloyd’s Mountain facility is a “huge asset to the county and surrounding counties.”

March read the resolution, which specifically recognized founding board members Robert Asbury and Thomas Starnes of the town of Radford.

He also praised former board member Peggy Hemmings who, as a member of Dublin City Council for 24 years, served on the NRRA board in various capacities, including as chair. She is also the only woman to have served on the board of directors.

Hemmings said she was proud to have been the only woman on the board.

“I’ve seen it go from next to nothing to being the best in the world,” she told the rally.

Levine said the resolution not only represents more than 35 years of NRRA operation, but speaks volumes “about what our boards of directors have been dedicated to over the years… keeping the environmental part in line, but the he economics has always been central to ensuring taxpayers are taken care of.

Levine said the resolution speaks on behalf of former board members and all employees.

He singled out Marjorie Atkins, the facility’s office manager for 34 years, who is also the council’s recording secretary.

Levine recalled that 25 years earlier, on May 27, the Cloyd’s Mountain facility opened with Pulaski County, Dublin and Radford leaving the Ingles Mountain Landfill for Cloyd’s Mountain.

Since then, Giles County and the Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority — which serves the cities of Blacksburg and Christiansburg, Montgomery County and Virginia Tech — have joined the Authority.

Levine said that when he arrived in 2003, the facility was operating three landfill “cells” in Area A. He noted that Area D had just opened and was a landfill area. 16-acre project that cost about $12 million to build. He added that the project was financed by reserve funds that the authority had saved over a period of 10 years.

(Top photo) Del. March and former NRRA board member Peggy Hemmings from Dublin share a moment after the ceremony. Hemmings is the only woman to have served on the board. (Mike Williams/The Patriot)

Of the. Marie March and State Senator Travis Hackworth display the recommendation resolution passed by the Virginia General Assembly in honor of the NRRA. (Mike Williams/The Patriot)

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