Landfill Vote

By: Jennifer Bocchieri
By: Jennifer Bocchieri

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Sedgwick County Commissioners vote tomorrow on new language in the solid waste plan that could be the first step to opening a new landfill.

Phil Carroll says he loves living in the country for the peace and quiet. Now he's afraid a trashy neighbor could move in right across the street.

Phil says, "That's what it is a dump a landfill is the politically correct way of saying it but that's what it is it is a dump."

No matter what you call it, one paragraph could mean it will go in. If the paragraph is added to the county's solid waste plan, it would allow commissioners to consider the idea of a landfill.

Commissioner Tim Norton stresses this language would simply let them talk about the idea.

Norton says, "It's absolutly not voting for a landfill it's voting for an option."

Commissioner Ben Sciortino also supports the change.

Sciortino says, "I'm probably going to vote for the inclusion of that paragraph. It doesn't require us to committ to a landfill."

But Sciortino does support a landfill. He says the economic benefits of keeping our trash in the county is overwhelming.

Sciortino says, "Right now it costs eight to ten million to do the transfer station and we're shipping millions out to counties and states and all we get back is ill will."

Phil Carroll feels that is exactly what commissioners will get from Sedgwick County residents if they vote yes.

Phil says, "I hope it doesn't happen here or anywhere else in the county."

It looks like there are enough votes to pass the measure.

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