Thursday, August 24, 2006
County OKs waste plan
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors adopted a solid waste plan on a 4-1 vote of the board Monday night, after meeting in executive session with the Holly Springs Board of Aldermen to iron out differences they had in the proposed plan.
The plan will be carried to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality this week for review.
Supervisor Willie Flemon cast the only opposing vote on the plan, saying his constituents would not fully understand the differences in the various types of rubbish disposal sites and a sanitary (household solid waste) landfill.
The final plan kept all of the provisions in the original draft with the exception of taking out any provision for a new specific site for the disposal of household wastes (a sanitary landfill), a household solid waste transfer station, or a new specific site for disposal of rubbish.
The existing county-owned, 2.5 acre rubbish disposal site, which accepts limbs, old furniture, and appliances and construction wastes from both the county and the City of Holly Springs, was left in the plan.
Marshall County will continue its present system of door-to-door collection of residential solid wastes.
Holly Springs Alderman Naylond Hayes said after the executive session with the board of supervisors, “We solved a lot.”
This is one of just a few times the two boards have sat together to resolve differences.
In discussions following the approval of the solid waste management plan with the modifications agreed upon above, the board of supervisors discussed future needs and present conditions with respect to the disposal of solid waste.
“We are talking about no expansion at the present site (the county dump),” said supervisor George Zinn III. “We ruled out putting a transfer station on that property.”
Supervisor Keith Taylor said he wanted the provisions for a transfer station at the county dump left in the plan, but ultimately the decision was to leave it out.
“How long will that site (the county dump) be sufficient to bury rubbish, 10 years?” asked Zinn.
Supervisor Eddie Dixon said it could last 10 years but the board of supervisors must start looking for another rubbish disposal site right away.
Board attorney Tacey Clark Clayton clarified what the plan as adopted provides for and does not provide for.
“An upgrade of the county-owned site for collection of waste tires, a municipal solid waste site and a new Class I rubbish disposal site was not approved,” she said.
“We presently have a Class 2 rubbish pit that has been in service for years and certainly should not shut it down,” Zinn said.
Dixon clarified the decisions of the evening further saying that the solid waste plan recommended for adoption Monday by the solid waste authority board and the plan approved by the board of supervisors are the same plan. In other words, the board of supervisors adopted the plan submitted by the solid waste authority without making any changes in it.
“We have a plan to send to DEQ,” he said.
The board then recessed until Friday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m.
The next meeting of the Solid Waste Authority of Marshall County is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the boardroom.
The next steps in finalizing the plan include addressing any deficiencies in the solid waste management plan found by MDEQ.
“Once approved, this board (the solid waste board) will start moving toward meeting to discuss conceptual goals,” said Bill Schneller, attorney for the solid waste board.
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