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July 14, 2014

Public invited to weigh in on landfill ordinance

Boyd Fiscal Court meeting will be Tuesday

CANNONSBURG — The Boyd County Fiscal Court changed its regular meeting time in order to better accommodate public interest in the second reading of an ordinance regarding landfill operations.

Tuesday’s meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Boyd County Community Center in Cannonsburg.

The court usually holds meetings earlier in the morning, but Mike Clevenger, a concerned Cannonsburg resident, asked for this meeting to be held at a later time and in a larger venue to make it more convenient for the public.

About 50 residents attended the fiscal court’s meeting last month when the first draft of a new ordinance regarding landfill operations was presented.

Many audience members defiantly spoke out about the proposed ordinance and the manner in which the Big Run landfill was being regulated.

Most concerns with regulations centered around the landfill’s odor, the noise level of the garbage trains carrying trash to Big Run and the size of the train loads.

For the past 10 years, Boyd County has been bound to the landfill by a contract host agreement, with terms the court implied were unflexible and limited its regulatory powers.

Ernie Pitt, an Ashland lawyer who drafted the new ordinance, advised the public to support the ordinance’s approval.

“I think this will strengthen the hands of the court,” he said, adding that it will give them to power to impose stricter fines for all the above proposed nuisances, as stated in the ordinance’s Nuisance Abatement section.

After nearly two hours of discussion, the court approved the ordinance’s first reading. The ordinance will become law if it passes through a second reading.

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653. For Twitter updates, follow @lanabellamy_DI.

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