County seeks land­fill ad­vice

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick SJ Edi­tor

The com­plaints have been heard, and now the county is get­ting closer to be­ing able to say they are ad­dress­ing con­cerns over the Grady Road Land­fill.

Com­mis­sion­ers will soon get a chance to hear from an out­side con­sul­tant about what can be done when it comes to mak­ing pos­i­tive changes at the land­fill op­er­ated by Waste In­dus­tries af­ter hear­ing an up­date about the is­sue from County At­tor­ney Brad McFall dur­ing their lat­est work ses­sion.

That was af­ter lo­cal res­i­dents Glenn Camp­bell and Ed Burn­ley once again pro­vided their thoughts about land­fill op­er­a­tions and prob­lems they and others have with the job Waste In­dus­tries is do­ing.

Ad­dress­ing one spe­cific charge made by Burn­ley in the past, McFall said the idea that Waste In­dus­tries or “some­one is skim­ming and steal­ing money” isn’t likely.

“I would be ut­terly shocked if there isn’t a math­e­mat­i­cal cer­tainty that the county is get­ting what they are due,” McFall said.

Com­mis­sioner Hal Floyd sought clar­i­fi­ca­tion about the first of what will likely be sev­eral meet­ings with the out­side con­sul­tant, who hasn’t been named.

“I couldn’t agree more that it is a prob­lem, and I think we need to find facts and get res­o­lu­tions on the land­fill,” he said.

He added how­ever that “my ques­tion s my un­der­stand­ing is the meet­ing was setup with you and Matt (Den­ton,) when in re­al­ity it ought to be with the com­mis­sion­ers.”

McFall said that it was his un­der­stand­ing the idea would be to up­date the con­sul­tant about the sit­u­a­tion be­tween the county and Waste In­dus­tries as it stands, and then to get the com­mis­sion­ers to­gether with the con­sul­tant to al­low them to ask more spe­cific ques­tions and avoid wast­ing any time.

Floyd said his own ap­proach would be dif­fer­ent, but that lo­gis­tics and tim­ing could be de­ter­mined out­side of last week’s work ses­sion. The com­mis­sion is seek­ing to fig­ure out if there are any changes that can be made in the con­tract be­tween Waste In­dus­tries and the county for the op­er­a­tions at the Grady Road Land­fill af­ter numer­ous com­plaints from lo­cal res­i­dents.

Last year, a cit­i­zen’s ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee was fi­nally es­tab­lished to pro­vide their own sug­ges­tions for im­prove­ment, and have con­tin­ued to hear from Camp­bell and Burn­ley over the past months with their con­cerns as well.

Com­mis­sion­ers have also brought the land­fill’s man­ager for Waste In­dus­tries, Ge­orge Gibbons, in to dis­cuss past is­sues they had over a lack of in­for­ma­tion from the com­pany about molyb­de­num lev­els in­creased in the waste­water treat­ment process not be­ing re­ported, and took is­sue as well over a re­quired EPD re­port that was months late in de­liv­ery to the state.

The county has promised an­swers over the past months to land­fill con­cerns, but none have yet been forth­com­ing.

New com­mis­sion chair Jen­nifer Hulsey said that is soon to change.

“Our top pri­or­ity as a board is the cit­i­zens of Polk County,” Hulsey said. “Our first ob­jec­tive as a board this year is deal­ing with all is­sues con­cern­ing the land­fill.

Kevin Myrick / AJ

Op­er­a­tions at the Grady Road Land­fill can be seen from High­way 278 at Beth­le­hem Road. Truck traf­fic from the site un­der the op­er­a­tion of Waste In­dus­tries is one of many com­plaints lo­cal res­i­dents have been pre­sent­ing to the County Com­mis­sion for the...

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