Brooks landfill closed in October of 2001. But it didn't close the issue of what to do with the area's trash.
Instead of dumping it locally trash is taken to landfills in Oklahoma or near Topeka. The whole landfill issue is new to Ken Standfill and it's now quite personal. That's because he just moved to the Furley area from Oklahoma. One proposal would put a new landfill in the Furley area. "I won't be able to use my water wells anymore. Not counting the birds, mosquitoes, flies and everything else, the sickness that will come with a landfill," said Standfill.
Standfill is one of about 220 people who turned out for a public hearing last night. Sharon Kunau lives in Wichita, she and her husband bought a farm in Harper County so they can escape Wichita on the weekends. But their plans for a pastoral retreat are about to be changed. "Waste Connections has this great plan to bring 2000 tons of Wichita's trash right across the road from our farm everyday as a reminder of Wichita," Kunau said.
Sedgwick County commissioners are expected to decide what to do with the county's trash at a meeting next week.