Brundidge fights to keep local landfill out of Coffee County hands

Published 11:00 pm Friday, March 15, 2013

The City of Brundidge Solid Waste Disposal Authority and the City of Brundidge continue to challenge the Coffee County Commission and Brundidge Acquisition LLC’s attempts to acquire a landfill located within the city of Brundidge.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas said that the entities contend that the Coffee County Commission lacks the authority to grant public funds to Brundidge Acquisitions for the purpose of purchasing the landfill and that Brundidge Acquisition lacks the authority to receive funds from the Coffee County Commission for the purpose of acquiring the landfill.

“We believe that Brundidge Acquisitions lacks the authority to lawfully operate the Brundidge landfill without a host agreement from the City of Brundidge,” Thomas said.

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The City of Brundidge filed suit in January in the Pike County Circuit Court to prevent the sale of the landfill by the bankruptcy trustee to Brundidge Acquisitions LLC, which has secured up to $6 million in funding from the Coffee County Commission. Brundidge officials filed suit locally after legal efforts to block the sale through the bankruptcy court in New Jersey failed. Per a signed agreement in that court, the trustee for Transload America has until May 1 to complete the transfer of the landfill to Brundidge Acquisitions LLC for a sum of $4 million.

However, the Coffee County Commission, filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on March 7, alleging the City of Brundidge Solid Waste Disposal Authority and the City of Brundidge failed to file a notice of claim with the Coffee County Commission before beginning action.

Brundidge officials filed a counter-claim this week, and Thomas said officials are waiting for the court to take action.

Rod Morgan, Coffee County administrator, was contacted but would not comment due to the fact that the case is in litigation.