R&T landfill public information on-site meeting draws small crowd

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The rolling hills of a reclaimed strip mine spoil area are visible in the background in this photo of the proposed R&T Tire Recycling landfill. The 222-acre site is located about a half mile beyond where the pavement ends at Pleasant Grove Methodist Church on Reid School House Road.

The rolling hills of a reclaimed strip mine spoil area are visible in the background in this photo of the proposed R&T Tire Recycling landfill. The 222-acre site is located about a half mile beyond where the pavement ends at Pleasant Grove Methodist Church on Reid School House Road.

A crowd of about 40 interested citizens met at the site of the proposed R&T Tire Recycling landfill at the end of Reid School House Road Thursday for a factual presentation concerning the landfill, conducted by its engineer Steve Blankenship of Jasper. Among the facts presented were the following:

• The landfill is proposed as a tire recycling and disposal site only; no household garbage or construction and demolition waste will be included in the material for disposal. A small tire repair/ recycling shop will be included at the site.

• The size of the entire parcel is 222 acres; within that parcel, the size of the disposal area proper is 123 acres.

• The site itself is the reclaimed spoil area of a former coal strip mine.

• The tires will be buried and covered in a series of trenches, rather than in a single large cavity or ravine.

• Estimated volume of tires hauled in per day at the site is estimated at 150 tons.

• Additional traffic on the access road is estimated at approximately 15 medium- to heavy-duty trucks per day, with trailers less than 53 feet long (from application).

• Exposed tires will be covered with dirt at the end of each day’s operation – presented as a mosquito control requirement.

• The site will be inspected regularly by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) to ensure compliance with regulations governing tire landfills.

• Two permits will be required for operation, provided the R&T application is approved by County Line, the host government: one for storm water drainage, and one for the landfill operation itself.

• The operation is expected to provide about 20 jobs.

Questions and concerns expressed by those in attendance focused on maintenance of the public road used to access the landfill and possible encroachment by the landfill on nearby Pleasant Grove Church and cemetery. Road maintenance was generally said to be a county responsibility, and the active landfill area was said to approach the church by no closer than about a quarter mile. Public hearing

Citizens with non-factual questions and objections at the informational meeting were referred to the public hearing to be held April 22. The location for the hearing, originally set for County Line Town Hall, is being reconsidered to find a larger meeting place. That place is to be determined and will be announced later. County Line Mayor Buddy Self said the town council wishes to schedule a vote following the public hearing to approve or deny R&T Tire Recycling’s application to operate the landfill within the town’s city limits. Further information as to the time and place of that meeting will be announced later as plans are finalized.

Self said that in the town’s special meeting Monday night, the council authorized him to hire an attorney to represent the town in the matter. He said he has not chosen an attorney yet.