County gives East Ga. court or­dered let­ter

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - MERIS LUTZ mlutz@cov­news.com

New­ton County has handed over one of two letters re­quested by the East Ge­or­gia Land & De­vel­op­ment com­pany and or­dered by the Ge­or­gia Supreme Court, as East Ge­or­gia seeks to build a pri­vate san­i­tary land­fill on its prop­erty lo­cated on Lower River Road.

In ac­cor­dance with the Supreme Court's or­der, the county pro­vided a let­ter cer­ti­fy­ing that the pro­posed land­fill "is not con­tra­dic­tory to any county zon­ing or land use reg­u­la­tion or or­di­nance in af­fect on June 25, 1997."

East Ge­or­gia also re­quested a let­ter stat­ing that the pro­posed land­fill is con­sis­tent with New­ton County's lo­cal, multi-ju­ris­dic­tional,

or re­gional solid waste man­age­ment plan.

In re­sponse, the county wrote, "New­ton County and its mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties adopted a Multi-ju­ris­dic­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Plan in 1993. Since the time of East Ge­or­gia's ini­tial con­sis­tency re­quest in 1997, a re­vised Multi-ju­ris­dic­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Plan ("2010 Plan") was adopted on April 6, 2010. East Ge­or­gia's re­quest for a plan con­sis­tency de­ter­mi­na­tion will be con­sid­ered un­der the 2010 Plan."

East Ge­or­gia an­nounced its in­ten­tion to sue New­ton County for dam­ages and pur­sue a pri­vate land­fill af­ter a set­tle­ment agree­ment with the county fell through ear­lier this month.

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