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Landfill purchase plan raises concerns

Published 11:00pm Friday, October 26, 2012

This letter is in reference to the article “Coffee County seeks to purchase Brundidge landfill” published on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. It is unfortunate that the company to previously own the landfill went bankrupt. On that note, the $6 million dollar offer being made by Coffee County is an absurd way to spend taxpayer’s money when Coffee County has 40 more years of use in their own landfill. In the article Coffee County administrator Ron Morgan is quoted on how this is the smart economical choice for Coffee County which sounds good but does not seem true considering they have their own spacious landfill. It seems the administrator may be getting greedy with his purchases to promote power. This purchase could help or hinder the city of Brundidge and until Coffee County proves it will be one or the other, this will be an important matter to the people in the Wiregrass area. As a concerned citizen I believe Coffee County will provide the optimum support and resources for those who will be using the landfill. But this is where the main question arises. What Coffee County will do with the land is not certain at this time. As long as it remains a working landfill for the people who have always used it and for the new customers it may bring, the purchase should in fact be a positive one. If for some reason the potential new landfill owners would change the priorities of the land, trouble could be found in the town of Brundidge. This raises another concern. If Coffee County owns the landfill Brundidge could be hurt by them doing business with private sectors. Also, It seems people are concerned because Coffee County hires jail workers to help with recycling. Other companies cannot compete with the inexpensive costs to hire jail workers, nor can employees wanting reasonable pay. Therefore jobs offered by the Brundidge landfill may be in question. All of these concerns are why I am troubled about the future of the Brundidge landfill. Coffee County employers that are handling the matter need to be more up-front and open with their plans for the landfill or more unease will surface in the Pike County area.

Ashley Robertson

Troy University student

 

 

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