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Several county residents, mostly from the Brownstown and surrounding area, voiced their concerns about the location of a waste transfer station at the Fayette County Board meeting held last Tuesday night, March 2 at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
Peg Washburn, a resident of the proposed area for the transfer station submitted a six-page letter to the board asking them to consider her points when deciding on whether or not to approve the facility, which is proposed for the intersection of CR 1575E and Route 185, just east of Bluff City and South of Brownstown.
Chris Sutter, of Holiday, and owner of Countryside Disposal, has proposed building a waste transfer station to temporarily store collected waste, until it can be loaded up on semis and hauled to Southern Illinois landfills. He says that the Effingham County landfill is nearing the end of its life, and that waste haulers will have to increase fees to accommodate for longer distances if the station is not built.
Washburn, in her letter, questioned the stability of property values in the area if the facility is built, asking board members “Would you want it by your home?”
Also in the letter, Washburn questioned the safety of the entrance and exit of the facility as she says the proposed area is on a curve.
She continued in the letter to bring up points about rodents, runoff into nearby farming fields, and spoiling of the scenic area along Route 185.
Lastly, she presented a plea to the property owners who donated the land for the facility to reconsider their decision.
Other area residents voice their opposition to the facility, stating that previous signs were denied because of scenic preservation, the question of an EPA impact statement, potential smell and runoff, and the large truck traffic on the roads.
In other business, the board:
• heard that an analyst is summarizing and analyzing spending patterns on individual line items in the budget;
• heard the new animal control shelter is nearing completion and hopefully animals can be taken in next week;
• accepted the resignation of Chris Smith as Fayette County sheriff and approved the nomination of Chris Palmer as his successor;
• discussed registration changes for voters;
• approved the low bids for oil and chipping for this year as well as the portion of those funds for the county engineer’s salary, and
• approved the Fayette County Fair’s liquor license.