Landfill closing underway

Published 8:56 pm Friday, August 14, 2009

The City of Troy’s long-standing landfill will soon close indefinitely, said council members earlier this week.

But, Troy City Council President Johnny Witherington said it will close with little impact on the city’s residents.

The current landfill, which is used for construction and demolition debris, allows businesses and industries to pay a fee to dispose of those items.

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It also stores limbs and yard materials that the city picks up for its residents, as part of the garbage fee.

While businesses will have to find new storage for construction debris, the city will continue to pick up limbs and yard materials, Witherington said.

“The city will continue to pick up yard clippings and limbs,” Witherington said. “We’ll have to decide at some point in the next few months where to store those.”

The council has not officially voted to close the facility, but Witherington said it’s something that’s inevitable.

“We’ve known now for sometime that the time was coming when it would be at capacity, so it’s not a surprise to us,” Witherington said.

Witherington said within the next six months to a year, he anticipates the landfill will have reached capacity and the closing will be finalized.

Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford said he would begin working with an engineering company to finalize the closing plans.

Once the landfill closes, Witherington said the space will have likely remain vacant.

“You can’t build a public structure on top of that kind of property, so it would have to remain there for an indefinite period of time,” Witherington said. “We wouldn’t be able to use if for that purpose. Maybe we could use it to store public equipment or vehicles there.”

Witherington said in the landfill closing, the city will lose some revenues. But, at the same time, he said it may balance out since the city will not maintain the expense of operating the landfill.

“We will lose some revenue from that, but we also won’t have the expense of maintaining the landfill,” Witherington said. “I don’t think we’ll see that much of a change in our budget by closing the landfill.”

Witherington said none of the employees who work at the landfill will lose their jobs in the closing. Instead, they will be transferred to another department for work.

The closing will not become official until the council takes a final vote, which Witherington said will come after final plans are in place.