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Waste transfer station moves forward

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

During the Clay County Commissioners' special meeting Tuesday, the commissioners discussed the waste transfer facility project that was introduced during the monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 7.

Brian Moench and Larry Wallace, representing Wallace Brothers, were present for the meeting.

A transfer station would increase their capability to recycle and reduce waste going to the landfill.

"What's happening here is Larry is receiving trash from Clay County and surrounding counties," Commissioner Paul Sinders explained. "This is being brought in to his facility and the only thing new that's happening is this trash is being brought in, it's going to be dumped and separated out. Recycling will be pulled out, and then everything else will be taken to the dump as it has been. There's no new trash being brought in. There's going to be less items going to the landfill, which I think is a good thing."

At the previous meeting, the commissioners were unable to approve the project due to a lack of needed documents. During Tuesday's meeting, the approval letter from the Solid Waste District of Clay, Owen and Vigo counties was presented. The commissioners also received the documents for the good character law.

The commissioners approved the permit application for the special exception to allow land use for a transfer station for Wallace Transfer and Recycling.

"We'd really like to get this in to the State next week," Wallace said.

Moench explained once the permit application is sent to the State with all the correct documents, the State will conduct a tech review, a needs review and a character review. The process could take between 2-3 months.

"We appreciate you guys doing this," Wallace said at the end of the meeting.

Commissioner Jack Withers responded, "Well, we think it benefits the community."

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There are issues on this subject that have not yet been discussed by our commissioners. First of all, the transfer station may very well benefit the community but how much will it degrade adjacent property value? Secondly, what a way to welcome newcomers to our community...by way of passing the fresh aroma of spoiled garbage in the summer months. That'll certainly help bring in visitors. Finally, although the facility is well landscaped, the area is still decorated with a variety of empty dumpsters. It's this reader's opinion the request for the permit should be denied.

-- Posted by Shadrach on Tue, Nov 22, 2011, at 9:52 PM

I agree with the poster above. Excellent idea! However, they are in a horrible location. Something of this sort needs to be located outside of city limits, or at least secluded.

-- Posted by Oldtown on Wed, Nov 23, 2011, at 4:35 PM

Why don't the people recycle their own trash? Something smells very fishy about this can you say conflict of interest? Are they going to reduce the trash rates for the private company? It's time to start a rival trash company in town looks like these guys have a monopoly with the local government helping them out.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Nov 23, 2011, at 4:40 PM

The value of adjacent properties might be a very real concern along with the odor issue and the unsightliness of a "field of dumpsters". The later issue might be resolved if Wallace Brothers would consider constructing a privacy fence to conceal the dumpsters from sight.

For these and any other reasons, citizen's should express their concerns to the state before the approval is given on this project. Don't sit around and wait, do it now.

Contact the Indiana Secretary of State, Charlie White at the below listed address, with a copy of your letter to all members of the Board of Clay County Commissioners along with Misters Brian Moench and Larry Wallace.

Office of the Indiana Secretary of State

200 W. Washington St., Room 201

Indianapolis, IN 46204


Email: constituent@sos.IN.gov

Consider looking at: http://www.in.gov/recycle/5691.htm "Recycle Indiana"

PS Keep in mind that any expansion at this facility may very well provide additional jobs for citizens in this community.

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Wed, Nov 23, 2011, at 8:05 PM

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