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Council to vote on Jackson Law

Monday, May 19, 2008

In an unusual move intended to rush adoption of a state law on landfills, Lewisburg's City Council has scheduled two special meetings for next Tuesday afternoon.

Councilwoman Quinn Brandon asked her fellow council members to adopt the Jackson Law on the first of three votes aimed at incorporating standards for landfill approval into city code as an ordinance instead of by one vote for a resolution.

The City Hall meetings are to be at 3:50 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. Tuesday. Two separate times were specified so the council could publish a legal notice for the meetings, hold them separately and vote twice on the same afternoon to finalize adoption of the ordinance.

"I've heard there's an option on land right by Lewisburg," Brandon said, indicating she believes what happened to Cornersville could happen to Lewisburg. "I want to get this done."

Waste Management Inc. has announced it's not going to exercise its option to purchase 595 acres within a mile from the town of Cornersville.

The company has also withdrawn its request from Marshall County for a vote by the County Commission on company plans for the now abandoned landfill site.

The Jackson Law lists eight criteria to be used by municipalities and counties when judging a request from a landfill company.