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Meth lab clean-up ordinance approved

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With federal funds drying up to pay for cleaning hazardous drug lab sites, Carroll will require convicted meth-makers to clean up their own mess.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — At least one person in Carroll County feels good about a new ordinance that calls for methamphetamine makers to clean up their drug labs after conviction.
The Carroll County Board of Supervisors held a required public hearing on the idea, already approved by places like Galax, at the Oct. 9 meeting.
When Supervisors’ Chairman Sam Dickson saw that no citizens signed up to speak, he asked Sheriff J.B. Gardner if he wanted to say anything.
The sheriff noted that Carroll had a methamphetamine lab last year that the county had to clean up itself. This came after the federal authorities reported that funds had “dried up” to help localities decontaminate meth labs.
Carroll officials were fortunate that this lab only cost $600 to fix — it could have cost a lot more, Gardner said.
Some federal funding may resume, but Gardner felt good about the idea that the county could go after the people responsible for the illegal drug labs.
“I’m excited that this has come about,” he said about the ordinance. “We can actually go after the folks who’ve got these things, and they’re still out there as long as there’s money to be made...”
Passing the ordinance “would be very good for the taxpayers of this county,” Gardner concluded.
After the public hearing, the county board approved the new ordinance on a motion from Supervisor Tom Littrell.