Madison County supervisors are seeking an Attorney General’s opinion to determine whether or not they can spend solid waste funds to construct turnarounds on roads so that garbage trucks don’t get stuck. 

County Administrator Shelton Vance told supervisors last week there are about 10 locations in the county right now in need of work to facilitate trash pickup. He said the problems have been “exacerbated” by the heavy rainfall in the region. 

Vance said the problem is the garbage trucks don’t have adequate space to turn around. 

“I’m concerned if we’re going to contract with them we have to provide the facilities to operate their trucks,” he said. 

Vance said the county needs to seek an AG’s opinion to determine whether or not they can use solid waste funds to construct turnarounds since the sole purpose of the roadway is for garbage pickup. 

He said previous AG opinions have stated that counties can purchase land for garbage truck turnarounds, but he wants to know if they can spend solid waste funds for the work. 

Supervisors unanimously approved the request.