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Banjo's expected to remain open

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The owners of Banjo’s Recycling Center are more confident about its future here.



Frank Peoples said he and wife, Anne, who owns the center, are optimistic they will be able to find a way to stay open after the expiration of a a five-year grant that pays the building lease.



Peoples thought the grant would cover the lease until December, but found out in a meeting with Mayor Bob Wasson and Public Works Director Bill Beck the rent is covered until December 2009.



“We’re starting now to work on a solution to take care of it in the future,” Peoples said Thursday. “The city’s working with us, and that’s what it takes.”



Wasson said the city plans to pursue another grant to help the recycling center.



“We want to continue to have a (recycling) facility for people,” he said.



The city has time to work on a grant, but Wasson said he doesn’t want to wait until the last minute.



Peoples said, without a doubt, the center will remain open in Sedalia.



“If the grant doesn’t take place, if the city doesn’t support us, the residents will,” he said.



The center serves 3,000 to 5,000 people and collects more than 1.8 million pounds of recyclables a year.


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