County seeks landfill advice
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.
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...