Resolution concerning landfill adopted

Published 8:38 am Thursday, January 16, 2020

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The Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution at their first meeting of the year modifying the Conditional Use Permit and Host Agreement for the operation of the landfill, retroactive to the December meeting.

The board had already voted to approve the changes at its Dec. 12 meeting, but adopted a resolution approving the modifications during its Thursday, Jan. 9, reorganizational meeting at the behest of County Attorney Frank Rennie to have the resolution on record.

The Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors and the Lunenburg County Planning Commission held a public hearing in November on possible modifications to operation of the CFS landfill, and again in December.

The company was looking to modify the conditions of the Conditional Use Permit, known as a C.U.P, concerning its municipal waste operation on several locations adjacent to the county’s Old Mansion Road.

The primary changes sought from the existing C.U.P., was an increase in the permitted height of the landfill from 584 feet above mean sea level to 790 feet above mean sea level and increase of allowable permitted tons per day above the current permitted limit of 1,000 tons per day, the county’s Facebook page said.

The November and December meetings followed a joint October work session of the planning commission and landfill committee.

The supervisors tabled the matter in November to review possible changes in the host agreement, which is part of the C.U.P., and to get answers to questions raised by the public during the hearing, planning and economic development official Glenn T. Millican Jr. said at the time.

The planning commission voted 6-1 in favor of recommending the changes to the C.U.P., and the supervisors did the same, with Supervisor Edward W. Pennington the only dissenting vote.

The landfill’s relationship with the community has at times been complicated.

Through the years, residents have complained about trash in the road and area around the landfill.

But the company maintains it has spent millions upgrading the operation since purchasing the Lunenburg landfill in 2013, contributing to a smoother operation of the facility and has poured precious dollars into the community.