meeting was just that, a meeting and not a public hearing.
However, several people expressed their concerns about
funding of the capping of the old Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
landfill, big regional companies coming into small rural counties
to establish MSW and C&D landfills, and why all this wasn’t
handled in 2003 when there were public hearings. In 2003
the BOC meeting room was full and every person that attended
stated their support for the new C&D landfill. That wasn’t the
answer the BOC wanted to hear, and they failed to follow through
with any new permitting.
The County has
until 10/9/05 to get the old landfill capped without further
penalties. They will use the dirt out of trenches that will be
dug for new C&D trenches. By the time the permits are gotten from
the State, the trenches should be ready to operate—time line will
be around August, 2006. The landfill is still open for business
and you can still take your C&D, white goods, tires, etc. there
It was suggested
that Revenue Bonds be used to fund the landfill capping. Mr.
Fontaine said that GEFA had already been contacted, and the County
could get a loan for 4.2%. This would save the County the expense
of a bond issue, attorney fees, etc. Mr. Tillman, the County
landfill operator, said he felt the County could make money with
all the new construction being done in the County. He explained
how things were done in other counties with C&D waste and what our
county could do to make the landfill profitable.
were told that the Solid Waste Plan, Land Use Plan and Map, and
the Zoning and Development Ordinances were all good ways to stop
big, commercial waste companies from coming into the County to set
up a regional landfill. Oconee, Morgan, and Talliferro have all
be approached and denied the requests. Talliferro commissioners
spent the night in jail to protest the judge telling them they HAD
to let the Company come in.
Oconee and Morgan still expect legal proceedings. In Oconee the
company wants to put a landfill on BOTH sides of the Apalachee
River, and they want people to believe that it won’t affect the
water supply. Jasper County needs to put a plan in place NOW to
prevent our county from having a regional landfill. This was
expressed at the meeting and needs to be pursued by our BOC.