The modification of the conditional use permit establishing the Butler County Landfill was one of the main concerns for citizens during the county commission meeting on Tuesday morning. The issue, which was first debated last week during the absence of Darryl Lutz, Butler County Engineer/Director of Public Works, brought several concerned citizens.
The overall issue, which establishes a designated area of the current property owned by the county for use as fill or cover dirt, has met some resistance from neighbors from both an economic and environmental standpoint.
“If the CUP is not modified, we will have to find dirt elsewhere. The cost of the dirt would be $1-$1.50 per cubic yard, but then $4-$5 a yard to truck it within a 1-2 mile range. Altogether, that equals about $125,000 per year just for cover,” explained Lutz. "This is the least expensive option.
"I like the solitude and the peacefulness," commented neighbor Renee Frye. "This land is all we have. When its gone, its gone. There is only a finite amount of water and soil in this world and when our grandchildren are wanting something to eat someday and theres no where to grow it except a test tube, you'll realize. I’m asking you to have forethought about the future. Think about what is important 80 years from now. will the landfill be important thing?"
"You can get use to the sound of the railroads," said neighbor Vicky Swimmer. "They're a source of entertainment in my house, but the beeping of the trucks is very irritating"
Several concerns then arose about the stipulations of the conditional use permit in regards to the previous meeting.
"I want to see it in writing." said Jane Mosteller, another concerned citizen. "There were lots of words exchanged when this happened in 1995, but what was in writing is what counted at the time."
The commission chose to further discuss the possibility of changing the pending CUP in order to include some stipulations that would directly address the concerns of the neighbors.
"I think we need to take some time and put something in this CUP that would be more reflective and characteristic of what we would require a private landfill facility to abide by," commented commissioner Ed Myers "I feel ike I’m unable to support this proposal in its current form. I could foresee an ongoing disappointment with neighboring landowners on different things."
The commission, voting unanimously to table the issue for three weeks, has requested more information regarding solutions for the main problems which have posed a concern to neighbors. Those issues are: screening, internal roads, dust control, setbacks, road conditions, and operating perimeters. The issue will continue during the meeting on August 27.
Page 2 of 2 - The commission also:
• approved contracts for bridge repair work for the Eightmile Creek.
• approved payment for 2013-14 maintenance and support of the Cisco Smartnet and Communcation Essentials in the amount of $15,316.
• approved Technology Committee to start the process for the 2013 CPI Multifunction Copier and Printer replacements.
• completed a work session on the 2014 Butler County Budget.