Council adopts Jackson law

Friday, May 23, 2008

Lewisburg's City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted the state law on how to judge a company's request for permission to develop a landfill. The vote came after extensive discussion.

"I really believe that Waste Management will have to come to us for approval" of its proposed use of 11 acres at Cedar Ridge Landfill, which the company has run for years along Mooresville High-way, Mayor Bob Phillips said shortly after the meeting. "We'll have 1,000 people here."

A similar hearing involving WMI's application to establish a landfill south of Cornersville drew an estimated 1,000 people.

Wednesday, City Mana-ger Eddie Fuller said Waste Management officials advised City Hall officials early Tuesday that if the council voted to incorporate the state law on landfills into city code, then the company would have to request permission for expansion because the landfill is within a mile of the city line.

"It stops their application," temporarily, with the state for permission to expand use of the Cedar Ridge facility on land the company has been using for years, Fuller said.

That's consistent with the opinion of environmental attorney Drew Goddard of Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville who advised Marshall County commissioners on April 28 that the state solid waste director wouldn't accept an application for a landfill permit without approval from local government. Since Lewisburg has adopted the state law, the state is waiting for the city's vote on eight criteria used to judge landfill plans.

Councilwoman Quinn Brandon raised the issue of the Council adopting the state law on landfills so it would have authority to vote on development of a new landfill. The idea that the Council might be vo . . .Pick up a copy of today's edition, May 23, 2008, for full coverage.