Proposed Landfill Draws More Criticism

By Zaneta Lowe  - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Chattahoochee Valley River Warden Executive Director Roger Martin called a press conference Thursday to reveal more details about opposition to a proposed construction and demolition landfill in Russell County.

There is a public hearing on the matter scheduled for Monday at 5:00 p.m., and commissioners could vote on the issue as early as Wednesday, February 9th.

Martin says however, the commission could sidestep the vote all together, and miss a 90 day legal window to take action, which would then put the proposal for a landfill in motion.

"We have no assurance until after that workshop is over on Monday night that it will be on the agenda Wednesday, if it is not on the agenda Wednesday, they cannot take action and on the next day, the 10th, it would be accepted," explains Martin.

Martin also used the press conference as an opportunity to reveal several documents including a timeline of events, as well as communication between his organization and Russell County regarding the denial of an open records request.  Martin says they have since been able to inspect public records on the landfill, but says he believes there are several documents missing.

The Concrete Company is the organization attempting to get the permit for the landfill.  The proposed sight is a little over 200 acres just off Brickyard Road.  Vice President Hugh Sorrell tells Newsleader 9 there has been misconception about the landfill and it is not for household type waste.

Click here to see a copy of the additional documents from the River Warden.

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