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Old news print, magazines could mean money for Carbon

Published April 13. 2012 05:01PM

Carbon County stands to earn some money from recycling old news print and magazine.

County commissioners on Thursday approved an agreement with Anthracite Recycling/Anthracite Auto Exchange, Scranton, Lackawanna County, to sell the recycled mixed paper - newsprint and magazines.

The refuse is currently taken to drop-off containers located near the Towamensing Township Municipal Building.

It will be sold to Anthracite for a two-year period through Jan. 31, 2014. The company will pay the county 50 percent of the price listed by the Official Board Markets, New York, at the time of the sale.

Previously, the paper was disposed of in Monroe County at a lesser price.

In other matters, commissioners approved an agreement with Kristean Koehler, Jim Thorpe, who will provide "rover" services for the Primary and General Elections, to be held April 24 and Nov. 6, respectively. Koehler will be paid $200 per diem, plus mileage reimbursement of .45 per mile, for the work that includes "trouble-shooting" at various polls in the county should her services be needed during the conduct of the elections.

The commissioners also executed a Charitable Organization Registration Statement relative to donations that are received by the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging.

The statement is required by the federal government for any charitable organization that receives in excess of $25,000 in contributions annually.

In Carbon's case, the aging department conducts five senior centers throughout the county in which senior citizens receive daily meals. While not charging for the meals, the centers accept voluntary donations from participants.

It is estimated the department will receive gross contributions of $65,299 throughout the year. That funding matches a $1.6-million block grant the county receives from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, and miscellaneous income of about $120,000, to operate the programs for the aged.

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