Trash transfer station plan denied

Friday, August 21, 2009

The owners of the old Dairymen's building couldn't get a recommendation on Tuesday from the Lewisburg Planning Commission for rezoning the property for a solid waste transfer station.

Commission Chairman Jim Bingham explained that no planning commissioner made a motion to recommend the property owners' requested rezoning to the City Council. As a result the board took no action.

Instead, the owners, Steve and Vicki Cain, were advised on how the building could be used given the current land use zoning which is for light industrial purposes, according to Greg Lowe who maintains minutes for the commission.

The Cains sought rezoning to a special industrial zone to operate a solid waste transfer station, a facility that's seen by various local officials as needed if Cedar Ridge Landfill is denied its requested state permit to expand. Transfer stations receive loads from collection route trucks and shift the load to larger trucks that go to landfills.

The old Dairymen's building, also known as the Tuscarora plant, was purchased in July last year by the Cains for $200,000 at an auction. They've used it for their business, but the building is large and offers a variety of opportunities.

"I think we'll have this back in again," said City Councilor Hershel Davis who's also a member of the planning commission. "I'd like them to use it for something, but the people I've talked to didn't want a transfer station downtown."