Thursday, April 19, 2012
Rubbish site still in play
By SUE WATSON
A proposed Class I rubbish site made its way through a public hearing for comment before the Marshall County Board of Supervisors.
John Porter, who has about 58 acres in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park area, was asked about green space or buffers he plans to place around the site. The rubbish site will accept construction waste and tree debris, but no household wastes or chemicals.
Porter said he planned to place a 150-foot buffer as required by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality but has no problem with making that buffer 300-feet deep.
An adjacent Tennessee landowner, Taylor Stamps, asked for a 500-foot buffer.
Porter said he has no problem with a 300-foot buffer as requested by the zoning board but that a 500-foot buffer “is a burden.” It would take up too much of the acreage dedicated to the landfill, he said.
Bill Mobley, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority, said Porter’s proposed rubbish site is bordered on two sides by the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park.
“I believe it will be an asset to Chickasaw Trail and we need a construction debris site up there,” he said.
Supervisor Keith Taylor, in whose district the proposed site resides, said the buffer is something that would be discussed at zoning.
“The only issues my people have is the flow of traffic and how it would be,” he said.
Pit owners have agreed to instruct drivers on the routes in and out of the site, he said.
Attorney Bill Schneller, representing the rubbish pit owners, said there will be 15 days to provide written comment. Amery Moore is now attorney for the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority.
Stamps said he has no objection to the rubbish site and that the people who are asking for the site are his friends.
He raised no objections other than asking for the 500-foot buffer zone.
Stamps said with I-269 coming through and the rubbish site, his ability to market his property may be diminished by excess dust and noise.
Other topics discussed during the meeting included:
• a letter of credit for about $105,000 from a subdivision developer.
• work required at the Department of Human Services building owned by the county. New measures are required to upgrade security, according to Larry Hall.
• insurance quotes from Travelers Insurance by Michael Novarese. Attorney Kent Smith said the Travelers quotes included seven categories of coverage, and the company would not write them as individual quotes but only as a package. The county would suffer a penalty if it cancelled current insurance policies that are active, he said. That means the board of supervisors must plan a date for all the policies to come due in the fall in order to consider any package of quotes, he said. Once the anniversary dates of all casualty and property insurance premiums come due at the same time, the county can put out a request for quotes and all insurance companies can have a shot at it, he said. Travelers had offered a $100,000-plus savings on coverage that the county currently pays about $300,000 annually for, he said.
• progress on road and bridge work. Kevin McLeod, with Elliott and Britt Engineering, reported the new bridges on Callicutt Road await inspection; all pilings are in place on the south side of Beale Road Bridge; guardrails are in place on Hernando Road and work on railings on South Slayden Road is next; milling on J.M. Ash drive is underway; the shoulder gravel and work on the shoulders of Stonewall Road is underway. Supervisors discussed the need for a guardrail on Laws Hill Road where the pipeline goes under the road. There is a deep and dangerous ravine near the road, supervisors said.
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