PRINCETON — Gibson County Solid Waste Management District trustees will equip the Gibson County Recycle Center with solar energy in coming months.

The board voted 5-0 (members Craig Pflug and Jim Deffendall absent) to choose Morton Solar Services bid of $47,970 to fit the property with solar panels.

Princeton Councilman Jim Maglis offered the motion, which was supported by Princeton Mayor Greg Wright. Commissioners Mary Key, Steve Bottoms and Gerald Bledsoe also voted for the project.

The company could begin mounting panels in September or October.

Wright said he believes the project is in keeping with the solid waste management district’s mission.

SWMD Director Lee Binhack said last moth that the expense of outfitting the recycle center with solar panels would be recouped in energy savings within nine to 11 years.

After board member member Craig Pflug in July expressed some concerns that the age of the roof at the recycle center might require the panels to be removed for re-roofing in the future, Binhack had the roof examined. He said it’s in good shape to handle the panels.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the board approved a $3,587 purchase of recycle containers from Recyle Away of Vermont. The containers, purchased with grant funding, will be stationed on three floors of the Gibson County Courthouse and at the North Annex Building.

Board members also approved Binhack’s proposal to have a gasoline tank and pump installed at the recycle center property for about $2,513.

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