Paw Paw hopes Borderline will straighten up grounds
New Paw Paw Mayor Kenny Crites said the town was continuing its campaign to get the Borderline facility to clean up its grounds. The land around the Paw Paw plant is filled with large stacks of plastic.
Town officials have written letters to Trex, an environmentally friendly company that is affiliated with Borderline, asking them to intervene, Crites said.
Borderline stores plastic that is used for recycled Trex products.
When the town originally complained about the plastic being an eyesore, Borderline moved some plastic from its front grounds to the back and erected a barrier fence to hide plastic from view.
The plastic piles are the first thing that visitors from Maryland see when they cross the bridge, said Crites.
"We've got to definitely get rid of that," he said.
They've all worked hard to revitalize the town, said Town Recorder Julie Kidwell, the
former mayor. There's the new Italian restaurant, the new
Dollar General Store and the renovation of the Riverside Restaurant building, said Kidwell.
Scrap Brothers, Inc. has cleaned up things in town, she said.
Former town residents have stopped by to tell them that they think the town looks nice, said Kidwell.
The town gave the scrap yard operation strict regulations about keeping the whole operation inside and they have complied, she said.
"I'm all for recycling, but I think they could do it attractively," said Kidwell of the Borderline operation.
Both Crites and Kidwell expressed concerns about plastic from Borderline property ending up in the Potomac River if there were a major flood in Paw Paw again.
Crites said plastic from the plant has blown into the
town's sewage system pond.
Kidwell asked the Morgan County Commission to help with the situation when she spoke at their Friday, July 13 meeting.
The commissioners and County Planner Alma Gorse plan to research what state departments can offer assistance.