Thursday, February 16, 2012
Zoning approves Class I rubbish site
By SUE WATSON
Two developers, with 73 acres each located in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park, were given the green light to take the next step in obtaining a permit for a Class I rubbish site.
Jon Porter, speaking to the Marshall County zoning boad for both partners, said the site should have very little impact since there are few residences in the area. The site would accept construction wastes from the building of structures and demolition of structures, he said. It could accept tree debris, and appliances after motors are removed, sheetrock, wood, cardboard, cans, and masonry, but no household waste, he said.
Unlike the county’s Class II rubbish pit, a Class I pit cannot take bricks, he said. The county would be offered disposal at reduced rates.
Porter said the 140 acres, if approved, could accept rubbish for 40 years or more. The developers expect little or no excavation, but may do some grading work to make the site suitable, he said.
“Every two weeks, we would have to cover rubbish with six inches of dirt and then cover with two feet of dirt to finish out,” he said.
Zoning director Bill Kinkade expressed concern about access to the site. Porter said the roads to the site are good and ingress and egress would be via Mt. Carmel Road from Goodman Road and I-69. Trucks would not pass through residential areas, he said.
Attorney Bill Schneller, representing the developers, said the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has said there is inadequate rubbish storage in the county’s solid waste plan.
The property is located west of a gas line and about 1,000 feet from the interstate, Porter said. He did not expect the pipeline company would have any objections.
Bill Mobley, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority, explained that the properties are bounded on two sides by the industrial park and on a third side by the Tennessee/Mississippi state line.
“We need some industrial trash pits to serve growth in the park,” Mobley said. “We need some place for construction debris to go. I’d rather see it in our area and see the county get something back, than for it to go to Tennessee and we get nothing.”
With discussion ended, zoning director Flick Ash motioned to approve the permit request and it passed by a vote of 4-0 with director Edward Moses absent.
Amery Moore, attorney with the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority, said there are a number of steps to be taken before the rubbish site could go to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for review and approval.
Ash was pleased at the offer for the site.
“We’ve been hauling it out of Marshall County and paying (someone else to take our rubbish),” he said. “It’s called progress.”
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