Many, many thanks to all of you for showing up last night to the special meeting of the Maury County Regional Planning Commission last night. The Tom Primm County Commission meeting room was full. The lone item on the agenda was the “Water Resolution.” A copy of the resolution is available at this link: Water Resolution.
The County Attorney, Daniel Murphy, read the Water Resolution into the record. Commissioner June Beckum made a motion “we will accept the resolution and pass it on for consideration to the County Commission.” Chairman Worley then stated “that’s okay for right now, we’ll discuss it later.” This precise wording will be addressed later. Prior to public comment, Mr. Murphy discussed the potential costs associated with the legislation, namely the county-owned construction and demolition landfill at Chickasaw Trace. Murphy offered that this landfill has an approximate 5-year life span remaining—all landfills have a date upon which they must be closed. Murphy said that if it passed the county commission, the county would be precluded from seeking an expansion if this resolution is passed. He mentioned possibility of lost revenue.
Murphy said there would be increased costs for sending construction and demolition debris collected at convenience centers out of the county. The county’s landfill at Chickasaw Trace only takes commercial construction and demolition debris. The convenience centers collect the same type of materials at the convenience centers, but in less greater quantity. Mr. Murphy opined that the county would have to pay $25.18 per ton to remove those materials collected at the convenience centers.
Mr. Murphy stated that if the county-owned landfill closed in 2010, the cost to the county for sending materials collected at convenience centers from citizens would have been $418,000. For 2011, the amount would be $458,000 and for 2012, the amount would be $370,000. He also mentioned cost savings from the landfill being closed. In 2012, the labor savings would be $131,582 with associated additional savings of approximately $100,000.
If the company can’t manage a 20 acre landfill without polluting our groundwater with Arsenic, Beryllium, Thallium, Antimony and Cadmium, how can we trust them with 845 acres? We simply cannot.