Brundidge landfill issues continue

Published 11:16 pm Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Following the announcement Tuesday of the location of a Fresenius dialysis facility in Brundidge the Brundidge City Council worked from a short agenda.

Brundidge resident Lawrence Bowden was on the council’s agenda and expressed interest and concern about the current status of the Brundidge Landfill.

Bowden said that his concern with the landfill being tied up in court was that the city is losing income and the services of the residents of Brundidge and all Pike County stand to be adversely affected because the residential rates are tied to the landfill.

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“This situation with the landfill is going to affect us all,” Bowden said.

TransLoad America, that owned and operated the Brundidge Landfill, went into bankruptcy and the bankruptcy trustees are trying to sell the solid waste landfill.

Britt Thomas, Brundidge city manager, said that Brundidge Acquisitions has offered to purchase the landfill from the bankruptcy court trustees for $4 million.

If that sale goes through, Brundidge Acquisitions could elect to close the landfill. Brundidge would have to continue hauling its solid waste to another landfill, thus losing the income it would receive if the Brundidge Landfill were open and operating.

“That would also mean much higher garbage fees for our residents,” Bowden said.

He also questioned whether the city of Brundidge, as host, would have to agree for a company to operate a landfill within the city.

Thomas said that was his understanding of the law but that will determined in court.

A court decision could come as early at March 8.

Thomas gave the council members an update on the benefits of the city’s LED street light project.

Thomas said the city received two energy grants that made it possible to install 266 LED street lights on the city’s main arteries.

Over two and a half years, the savings in wholesale power cost has been $24,000.

“The lights don’t require much maintenance and are long lasting,” Thomas said. “So, with the LED lights, there should be a significant savings over 20 years.”

In final action, the council set a public hearing for Lucille Adams’ petition to amend the city’s zoning map at 4 p.m. March 19 at Brundidge City Hall.

The Brundidge City Council meets at 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. All meetings are open to the public.