Council to huddle with attorney on landfill law Tuesday p.m.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Lewisburg's City Council decided on Tuesday to huddle with its attorney next week before readdressing its decision on whether it still wants control over expansion of Cedar Ridge Landfill.

Comments at and after the monthly Council meeting this week indicate that the city may be facing a lawsuit regardless of what's decided. Meanwhile, City Attorney Bill Haywood has publicly advised that exempting Cedar Ridge expansion from public hearings "won't hold muster."

Such advice conflicts with a letter from Joseph Sanders, general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, who on June 18 wrote to Haywood saying the Council's June 10 vote relinquished the city's authority to permit or prohibit expansion of the landfill on Mooresville Highway.

As a result, TDEC's Solid Waste Division could apparently resume its processing of Waste Management's application for permission to use space at the landfill where no permit had been granted yet.

More than 80 people showed up at the Council meeting as landfill issues and public . . .Pick up a copy of Friday, July 11, 2008 edition for full story.