The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

February 8, 2013

Board tables contract decision, grants incentive to Carolina Paper Converters

By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer

Friday, February 8, 2013 — James Heustess from American Waste Systems and Paul Stratos from the Stanly County Economic Development Comssion spoke before the Oakboro Town Board recently.

The purpose of Heustess’ visit was to get the contracts between Oakboro and American Waste Systems renewed.

American Waste Systems is responsible for collecting trash and doing leaf pick-ups for Oakboro.

When American Waste Systems originally appeared before Oakboro, it requested a six-year contract.

What it received instead was a three-year contract, with the possibility of signing another three-year contract when the first expired.

As an incentive for the town to sign, American Waste Systems has offered to waive a 3.3 percent increase on collection fees and will instead credit the total amount to the town’s account, an estimated $20,000. Though the stipulation was that the contract had to be signed during the board meeting.

The contract for Oakboro will be up mid-year.

The board voted to table the issue until next month to decide, so that they can have time to review the new proposals.

Additionally, Heustess had another message for the town of Oaboro.

“We want to thank everybody in town who has taken a pink cart and shown your desire to dsiplay the pink cart for breast cancer awareness and research,” he said.

“Because of the people of Oakboro, we were able to contribute $7,500 for cancer research to the cancer center at the hospital.

“We’re very proud. I just wanted to thank you guys for participating with us. Everyone that takes a pink cart, we will donate 50 cents per month to breast cancer research.”

That’s 50 cents a month for the rest of the year.

In years past Heustess relayed that they had donated the money to the Susan G. Komen foundation, but this year they wanted to keep the money in the county, thus they donated it to the Roy M. Hinson Cancer Center.

Stratos’ purpose in attending the meeting was to announce that Carolina Paper Converters would be expanding its facilities and equipment.

“They will be investing at least a million dollars and the creation of at least 18 jobs,” Stratos said.

The Stanly News & Press first reported on this investment following the Jan. 7 county commissioners meeting.

Stratos requested that the town of Oakboro sign a performance agreement and a tax incentive grant for this investment by Caolina Paper Converters.

Oakboro voted on it and decided to accept the proposal from Carolina Paper Converters.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Feb. 18.