Published: Mon Jun 07, 2010
Scotland board puts end to landfill project
By Jennifer Calhoun
LAURINBURG - The Scotland County Board of Commissioners voted
Monday night to end a controversial landfill expansion project.
County officials had considered expanding a closed landfill to
create a regional dump as a way to bring in revenue for the
But many residents opposed the plan, saying it would turn the
county into a dumping ground for trash from all over the state.
Monday's meeting officially killed the project, when
commissioners unanimously voted on two items meant to quash the
plan for good.
J.D. Willis, chairman of the board and proponent of another
regional landfill proposal in 2007, issued a motion to stop plans
for the landfill at Patterson Road.
Commissioner John Alford, before voting on the motion, asked that
it include language to stop all regional landfill proposals in
The motion was passed without dissent.
Immediately afterwards, Bob Davis, a longtime opponent of
regional landfills in the county, submitted a detailed resolution
banning the Patterson Road landfill expansion.
The resolution stated that "Scotland County discontinue the
employment of engineering firms, outside legal counsel and all
other firms or companies engaged to assist with the condemnation
and/or more expansive plans for disposition of waste."
The resolution asked that the county manager notify all waste
management companies that Scotland County was, in effect, out of
the landfill business.
It, too, was passed unanimously.
Only Commissioner Guy McCook was absent. Willis said McCook had
been hospitalized that morning.
Willis said the landfill had become a divisive issue in the
county, and that officials would be better served by channeling
resources into other things.
"Having said that, it is my opinion that the climate is not
conducive to expanding our existing landfill," he said.
Willis, a longtime board member, was defeated in the May
primaries, after refusing to say whether he would vote for or
against the landfill expansion project.
Many residents believed Willis was in favor of the project.
In 2007, he was one of five of the board's seven commissioners to
vote in favor of a dump that was expected to produce about $4
million a year in revenue for the county.
Eddie Carmichael, a farmer who had spoken out against the
Patterson Road landfill, said he was pleased with the board's
decision, but remained skeptical.
"It's good they finally listened to the people,"
But, he said, with a wary shrug: "It's politics. They could
come in next month with a whole, new resolution."
Staff writer Jennifer Calhoun can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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