Calvert County Commissioners break ground on Appeal Convenience Center
Lusby, MD – Taking the trash to the dump is about to get easier for residents of Lusby. On Tuesday, Aug. 8 the Calvert County Commissioners, county government officials and representatives of a Charles County construction company grabbed ceremonial golden shovels and tossed dirt to officially kick a significant project. When it’s done several months from now the new Appeal Convenience Center will be ready for citizens who are disposing of household trash and recycling materials.

“Convenience center” is the euphemism Calvert County Government uses instead of “dump.” Indeed, Commissioners’ President Tom Hejl [R – At large] described the planned trash disposal/recycling drop-off location as “state-of-the-art.”

Noting that the northern section of Calvert County now has a brand new convenience center at Mount Hope Community Center at Route 2 and Pushaw Station Road, Hejl declared, “we’re going to need a third one.”
The Appeal Convenience Center will be located on Sweetwater Road in Lusby, inside the confines of the Appeal Landfill, a facility that became Calvert’s dumping ground in the early 1990s after the landfill on Stafford Road in Barstow was maxed out. The new convenience center will replace a small facility on H.G. Trueman Road. “The old site was undersized for the continued growth and needs of the southern part of the county,” state Enterprise Funds Deputy Director Julie Paluda in a memo to the commissioners. “In addition, the present compactor changeover process creates traffic delays and impedes the flow of regular traffic on H.G. Trueman Road. The new state-of-the-art convenience center site is designed to provide one-way traffic flow when disposing of solid waste and recycling materials, without having to wait up to 30 minutes for compactor container switches or combining residential and commercial traffic.”

The lowest responsive, responsible bidder for the Appeal project was SE Davis Construction LLC, which submitted a bid of just over $3 million.

Earlier in the afternoon, another significant capital project was kicked off. The commissioners and staff were on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony at the Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad (Company 4) off Route 2/4 South. The replacement structure for the current Company 4 headquarters will be built with funds appropriated by the county commissioners.

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