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Maxton commissioners have called for a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss the proposed landfill expansion in Scotland County. The meeting, planned for Town Hall on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at 7 p.m will will allow commissioners to collect "testimony, comments and concerns" from town residents, county officials and groups that have experiences, both positive and negative, with trash dumps.
The Laurinburg Exchange
Maxton to host landfill meeting
by Matthew Hensley
MAXTON - Maxton commissioners have called for a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss the proposed landfill expansion in Scotland County.
Town Manager Vincent Long said the meeting, planned for Town Hall on Wednesday at 7 p.m., will allow commissioners to collect "testimony, comments and concerns" from town residents, county officials and groups that have experiences, both positive and negative, with trash dumps.
Long said part of the purpose of the meeting is for the board to make a formal position on the proposed landfill.
"We anticipate the board will formalize a decision at the end of the meeting," he said.
The current expansion plan would place the edge of the landfill as close as three-quarters of a mile to the current extra-territorial jurisdiction of the town of about 2,500 people, Long said.
Mayor Gladys Dean said locating a landfill so close to a small town in the midst of growth could be "devastating."
The meeting is to look at the affects the dump could have on Maxton, from the trucks driving through town to the possible odor, Dean said.
"We are trying to access what the economic impact will be, what the environmental impact will be, what the social impact will be and what the quality of life impact will be," she said.
The dump would not be the first undesirable facility located near Maxton in Scotland County, Dean said. Chicken and hog farms and what will soon be the largest prison in the state are all near the small town.
"We smell the stench and the odors everyday."
Chip Morton, Mayor Pro Tempore of the Maxton board, encouraged people to come out to the meeting.
"The landfill they are talking about putting behind LOF is about a mile and a half from our city limits, which is not a good thing for the people of Maxton," Morton said.
He expects the meeting will be informative and believes several county commissioners have been invited.
The current landfill proposal calls for an expansion of the present landfill to a 230-acre dump that could take in an average of 3,000 tons of waste per day over a 30-year period.
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