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11/23/2012 11:36:00 AM
Randolph council learns about shingle recovery

by Olivia Detweiler

Ron Harnack, Recovery Technology Solution's plant manager, explained to the Randolph city council about the company's purpose and operating procedures at the November 14 meeting. He wanted to make sure everyone was up to date about the plant that will be built across from World Foods Processing in the Industrial Park.

The plant in Randolph will recycle old and new, unusable shingles. The shingles will be chopped up and run through a process where they are washed with toluene, which is similar to the chemical that can be found in household paint thinner. The toluene breaks down the shingle. The asphalt oil, rocks, fiberglass, and other materials that make up the shingles are separated, washed off, and sold back to the shingle manufacturers.

"Everything that goes through there, comes back out and is recycled and sold again," Harnack said.

The chopper will be inside the plant. So, it will not be heard.

The council's main concerns were about the chemical that will be used and the smell from the plant.

It was explained that the toluene never leaves the plant, but in a worst-case scenario, if there was a leak or rupture, the residents are not at risk. Harnack said for it to be harmful, a person has to be exposed to a lot of toluene and be really close to it.

"Toluene is a dangerous chemical. We aren't going to kid around about it, but every piece of that plant has a vent coming off of every item in the plant that goes back to the toluene tank," Harnack said. "Toluene is very expensive, so, we are going to try to recapture as much of it as possible. So, for the entire plant off the top floor, there is only going to be one little, small exhaust pipe."

The council was told that the smell was nothing to be worried about.

"The way we got it recaptured, you're not going to have that much smell," Harnack said. "You won't notice it."

Along with building the plant, Recovery Technology Solutions will bring about 20 jobs to Randolph. This plant will be the first of its kind and will be the training facility for the company.

Water Bill System

City clerk, Sheila Ekstrom, informed the council that the recording system for water bills is not working.

"We are having a problem with that billing system," Ekstrom said. "It's not recording anything right. It's not even recording the receipts right."

The council has received complaints from residents. Ekstrom learned that the software is obsolete and needs to be changed. It will cost about $2,000 for the changes, but the only thing that will need to be changed is the software. Everything, including the guns, will be compatible with the new software. Ekstrom is going to look into more companies and prices.

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