The Letcher County Fiscal Court declined this week to change the way in which scrap metal is collected at the county’s garbage transfer station at Millstone.
In a 3-3 vote at its May meeting Monday night, the court defeated a motion introduced by Magistrate Wayne Fleming that would have required the Letcher County Sanitation Department to start sending all the scrap metal it collects to the City of Whitesburg Recycling Center at Cowan, which was formerly owned and operated by the county government.
Fleming’s motion was introduced four days after a scrap dealer who does business with the county’s sanitation department was named in a five-count federal grand jury indictment charging him with tax evasion and forgery.
The dealer, Jarrod C. Breeding of Isom, has been keeping a trailer at the Millstone site in which the county places the scrap metal is collects on trash collection days.
In introducing the motion, Fleming asked the court to start doing all it can to help the City of Whitesburg operate the old county recycling center at a profit.
Fleming told his fellow magistrates and County Judge/Executive Jim Ward that the county should work to send as much scrap metal to the center as possible, except for scrap products from the county road garage, which the court can sell for surplus.
Ward said the court already does everything it can to help, and that the material Fleming was talking about is worth less than $200 a month.
District Two Magistrate Terry Adams said the $200 might make the difference in the center’s survival and Fleming made a motion to give the excess metal to Whitesburg.
The vote was a tie with Fleming, Terry Adams, and District One Magistrate Bobby Howard voting in favor of the motion and Ward, District Four Magistrate Keith Adams and District Three Magistrate Woody Holbrook voting no, meaning that no action was taken.
Breeding, who operates the Southern Recycling Center at Isom, is named in a federal indictment returned last week.
WYMT-TV reports that between 2011 and 2014, Breeding’s businesses collected more than $2.3 million in revenue, but listed their taxable income at just over $42,000.
According to WYMT, the investigation into Breeding began in June 2014, when Treasury investigators served a search warrant at Breeding’s Isom home and at Southern Steel Iron and Metal Recycling.
During that search, reports the Hazard television station, $14,526 was seized from Breeding’s bank account, while $40,183 in cash was seized from inside his home and vehicle.