Commission tables Milner landfill petition

Panel wants more information

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— Milner landfill representatives have to provide more details about building materials and a drainage system for greasy water before the Rout County Planning Commission recommends approval for a new building on the site.

Doug Bell, the manager of the landfill, spoke at a meeting Thursday night for the president of the Twin Landfill Corp., Les Liman, who couldn't attend.

Bell told the commissioners that a 30-by-60-foot building would be used to store equipment and as a place to clean and repair machinery. Included near the building would be a place to park road graders, compactors, bulldozers, scrapers and pickup trucks.

"The building is basically large enough to get one piece of equipment in to work on," Bell said.

The visibility of the building and the equipment from U.S. 40 and County Road 205 was a concern for most of the commissioners and county planners.

"Honestly, I don't think you can see that equipment from the highway," county planner John Eastman said. "You will definitely see it from adjoining property and you can see it from County Road 205."

Karen Utterback-Normann, who owns property next to the landfill, wrote a letter to the commission stating her concern about visibility issues.

She requested that the building be painted the color of the surrounding landscape so it blends in and that trees or shrubs be planted around the parking area to block the view of the equipment.

"I personally think the visual impact of the building will be no greater than what we already have out there," Bell countered.

Troy Brookshire, chairman of the commission, disagreed with Bell's assessment about the visibility of the building after looking at pictures of where the structure is proposed to be built.

"I definitely think it will be visible from the highway. I have no evidence that it's not," he said.

Brookshire wanted more information about the building.

"I want to see some details on this thing and what color it's going to be," he said.

Commissioner Doug Baker was concerned that nothing in the plan addressed a tank nor a grease catcher that would need to be installed to collect contaminated water made from washing the equipment.

"I don't know if I'm real comfortable with passing this," he said.

Other concerns were brought up about the nighttime lighting of the building and how many structures already exist at the site.

The commission tabled the issue Thursday night until May 4 and Bell was instructed to return with more information.


-- To reach Doug Crowl call 871-4206 or e-mail dcrowl@amigo.net

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