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County moves to expand landfill

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By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pasquotank County commissioners took another step Monday toward expanding the debris hill at the county landfill.

Following a public hearing that drew no public comment, commissioners voted 5-0 to approve modifying its landfill permit to allow the landfill’s construction and debris, or C&D, hill to expand from 15.1 acres to almost 38 acres. Absent from the vote were Board of Commissioners Chairman Cecil Perry and Commissioner Lloyd Griffin.

During Monday’s meeting, consultant Pat McDowell said the landfill expansion must now go to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality for approval. He also recapped why the county is seeking to expand the C&D hill.

As he reported to commissioners in April, McDowell explained the county’s current C&D hill needs to expand now because it’s nearly filled up its current acreage. He proposed allowable acreage for the hill increase to 37.9 acres, reflecting an expansion first to the west and then to the south. He proposed no change to the hill’s maximum allowed height of 125 feet.

The expansion, if approved by the state, should provide the landfill enough space for the next 40 years’ worth of C&D waste, McDowell said. That’s based on receiving an estimated 20,000 tons a year of material, mostly from residential construction, he said.

Commissioners called for Monday’s public hearing more than a month ago, and in that time, McDowell said the county notified 22 surrounding property owners of the landfill’s proposed growth. The county also published a notice in The Daily Advance explaining the expansion.

McDowell reported no property owners appear concerned about the expansion.

Commissioner Jeff Dixon — who noted he’s among the adjacent property owners — said he was surprised no one had raised concerns or questions about the landfill expansion. He asked the county to put information about the expansion on its public assess channel on the local cable TV system, in another attempt to make sure property owners are aware of the expansion.

County staff agreed to do that. McDowell said the county could update its application to the state to include that additional outreach.

McDowell noted last month that while expanding the hill will mean the county will need more property for “borrow pits” to cover the hill with dirt, existing woodlands will keep any future excavation out of view of homeowners along Simpson Ditch Road.

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