Special Santa Series at Wade Bourne Nature Center

December 02, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Visitors can visit Santa at Rotary Park for three consecutive Saturdays

Montgomery County, TN — Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Department will host their second annual Saturday with Santa series for the first three Saturdays of December from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wade Bourne Nature Center at Rotary Park.

Each week, a Santa representing a different nationality will be at the Wade Bourne Nature Center, bringing joy to visiting children. Santa Shedrich Webster will kick off the fun this week. Children can speak Spanish or English with Santa Catarino Guzman on December 10 and visit with Santa Roger Lewis on December 17.

“This was a big hit last year with the kids and their parents! It’s fun for them, and our staff loves it too! We want to represent the cultural diversity of our community, and this is one meaningful way to do that,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Sally Burchett.

The nature center will also be open for the public to enjoy during their normal Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rotary Park also features two playgrounds, miles of hiking and biking trails, and a horseshoe pit.

To learn more about the programs offered at the Wade Bourne Nature Center and the services offered by Montgomery County Parks and Recreation, visit mcgtn.org or call 931-648-5732.

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Adopt, Don’t Shop This Holiday Season

December 02, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

MCACC urges careful consideration before getting a pet

Montgomery County, TN — Montgomery County Animal Care and Control requests help from the community again this holiday season. Shelters across the country receive a high volume of dog and cat intakes from January through March from individuals who give or get pets as gifts for Christmas and no longer want the responsibility of caring for them. People often seek new pets online, at pet stores, or from breeders during the holiday season. 

Kaske urges people to take their time and think about the commitment before jumping in and bringing a pet into their home.

Consider the following before adopting or purchasing a pet:

  1. Most dogs and cats live between 10-25 years, depending on the breed and species.
  2. Dogs and cats can cost between $500 to $1,500 per year to maintain regular vet visits, food, toys, etc. Pets with preexisting conditions can cost even more. 
  3. Discuss taking on a pet with the entire family and make the decision together.
  4. Ensure those around the pet often are not allergic or afraid of animals.
  5. Small children need supervision around pets at all times.
  6. We strongly discourage adopting a pet as a Christmas gift.
  7. Most importantly, give your newly adopted pet time to acclimate to your family and home. 

“We have many homeless pets in our facility, and the holidays are hard on them too. If you’ve decided to take in a new pet, please consider giving a home to one of our wonderful shelter animals. Their lives have drastically changed over the last several months, and they need a warm and loving forever home. Animals adopted from shelters have proven to make some of the best pets. Adopt, don’t shop,” Kaske encourages. 

For information on Montgomery County Animal Care and Control, visit https://mcgtn.org/animal-control or call 931-648-5750.


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Nature Center Receives Initial Investment for Aquarium

December 02, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

The Wade Bourne Nature Center Foundation contributes to a swimmingly fun learning experience


Montgomery County, Tenn. — The Wade Bourne Nature Center Foundation presented Montgomery County Parks Director Sally Burchett with a check for $50,000 to purchase a custom 500+-gallon freshwater aquarium that can be viewed by visitors from inside and outside the Nature Center. The tank is expected to be installed by spring of 2023 with the goal of stocking it with native species of fish.

"The Wade Bourne Nature Center Foundation is proud to present these initial funds for a project that will enhance the Wade Bourne Nature Center. This money will pay for the building and installation of a very large aquarium. We will need the community’s help to raise money to actually "stock the tank" with fish. You will hear more about fundraising opportunities in the future,” said Wade Bourne Foundation Chair Rosalind Kurita.

The fish and items that go in the tank will be purchased through fundraising efforts, while Montgomery County will pay for the ongoing maintenance of the tank and fish.

“We are always excited to bring in new exhibits that help us extend the love for the outdoors to people in our community. The aquarium fits with our mission of promoting conservation and nature education for all ages while connecting visitors with the environment. The native aquarium educational opportunities will be unique to Rotary Park and a special experience for our community,” said Burchett.

We appreciate the gift from the Wade Bourn Foundation. This project is a testament to the great things that happen when the community and government pull together. What a wonderful opportunity for our kids to learn more about Tennessee wildlife,” said Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden.

The Wade Bourne Nature Center Foundation is a non-profit organization providing support for the educational outreach of the Nature Center located at Rotary Park. Funding is provided by charitable organizations and individuals interested in the conservation of natural resources along with human health and well-being.

For information about the Wade Bourne Nature Center, free programs for children, and Rotary Park, visit mcgtn.org/parks, Montgomery Parks on Facebook, or call 931-648-5732.

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Pictured from left to right front row: Sally Burchett, Wade Bourne Nature Center Foundation Member Wes Sumner, Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Natural Resources and Program Manager Katherine Netti (holding check) and Montgomery County Trustee Kimberly Wiggins. Back row: Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Committee Member Mike Taliento, Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Committee Member Ronnie Boyd, Mayor Golden, County Commissioner Jason Knight, County Commissioner Chris Rasnic and County Commissioner Rashidah Leverett standing in the location of the future fish tank. 

Fee Structure Changes Set for Bi-County Landfill

November 22, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Solid Waste Management Board approves new fees for household waste

Montgomery County, TN – Bi-County Solid Waste Management will change its fee structure for Montgomery and Stewart County residents effective January 1, 2023. The new fee schedule will apply to large loads from an individual's primary residence. 

The $5 landfill user fee will continue to cover small loads of bagged household waste and other miscellaneous items at the Dover Road Landfill and Convenience Centers that fit in a standard pick-up truck, SUV, passenger vehicle, or small trailer. Small loads will remain free subject to verification of name, address and up-to-date landfill user fee payments. Trailers are no longer accepted at the Transfer Station off Highway Drive due to traffic flow concerns. 

Since Bi-County opened in 1974, Montgomery and Stewart County residents have been able to dispose of unlimited trash with little to no cost. The $5 per month user fee did not take effect until 1997. A new fee schedule was presented to the Bi-County Board and approved at the November 2022 meeting. 

"Bi-County Solid Waste Board Members and Bi-County staff do not take this change lightly. The research showed that we are well under the market rate," said County Commissioner and Bi-County Board Chairman John Gannon.

Executive Director of Bi-County Landfill Mark Neblett stated, "We have been working on this proposal for awhile now to make it as fair and low-cost as possible. Staff members spent a great deal of time researching what surrounding counties and others charge across Tennessee and the United States. One example is Dickson County, which operates most closely to Bi-County, charging residents a $10 per month user fee and $54 per ton for large loads. No one wants to pay fees; however, it is remarkable we have made it almost 50 years without charging for load sizes."

The fee schedule beginning January 1, 2023:

  • Large trailers with large loads pay a $30 flat fee. 
  • Medium trailers with large loads pay a $20 flat fee.
  • Mattresses and Box Springs are $10 each 
  • Freon Appliances are $10 each. 
  • Wood waste: first 500 lbs. covered by the user fee. Above 500 lbs., the rate is .023 cents per pound/$46 per ton. 
  • Demolition loads will pay $2 less than the current commercial gate rate, at $10 per cubic yard. 

Trailer sizes will be determined by yardage based on the length, width, and size of the trailer sides. Bi-County scale employees will work with patrons using reasonable discretion on the sizing of loads. 
The fees collected will be set aside for the future purchase of an $800,000 mattress shredder to assist in processing mattresses and for personnel dedicated to pick up litter along Highway 79/Dover Road. 

Mattresses are a complicated waste in landfills that cause leachate (garbage water) problems, compaction issues and costly equipment repairs. They must be dug out of the slopes, pulling equipment and employees from other projects. Additionally, litter and large items are becoming more common on Highway 79, even with Environmental Enforcement keeping a watchful eye on this section of the road.

“Highway 79 is the gateway to Stewart County and a major highway in Montgomery County. We owe it to the residents of both counties to ensure we are maintaining the litter in this area,” said Mayor Wes Golden.  

"We've become a more "disposable society," finding it cheaper to replace an item than repair it. Bi-County has seen major increases in household waste and specialty items, including mattresses, which are banned in many landfills. The new fees are reasonable for the services offered compared to other locations that charge by ton, bag, or yard. When our transient military families call to inquire about solid waste disposal rates, they are often shocked there is little to no cost for the disposal of large household items," said Neblett. 

Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden and Stewart County Mayor Robert Beecham, who attended the November meeting, both stated they are relieved to know there is a long-term plan for waste in their respective counties. 

"After recently attending a conference with other mayors across the state and hearing the challenges they face with landfill space, we know we are blessed to have Bi-County Landfill. Operational costs are expensive and increase every year. We must look toward the future," said Mayor Golden.

For questions about the additional fees for residents who take waste items to the landfill, visit mcgtn/bi-county or call 931-648-5751.

County Offices Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving Holiday

November 22, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, Tenn. — Montgomery County Government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. All County offices will reopen on Monday, Nov. 28  during normal operating hours. 

Online services provided by various Montgomery County Government offices can be found at mcgtn.org under the GOV tab.    

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