GREENSBURG — A landfill expansion presentation is scheduled for next week.
The presentation is from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Greensburg Community High School auditorium. The public is welcome to attend.
The event will feature Dr. Terry West from Purdue University, who, according to Decatur County Area Plan Commission Director Krista Duvall, will discuss how landfills operate. She said there will also be an individual from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to discuss the testing process and other procedures the department goes through.
“This is simply a landfill expansion presentation,” Duvall said. “This is more of a fact-finding thing, and will give people an avenue to find more information.”
While the public will be able to raise questions in regards to the proposed Decatur Hills landfill expansion at future Area Plan Commission meetings, Duvall indicated time might be a factor at Tuesday’s presentation.
“I don’t think there will be enough time for questions for this, but when it (the proposed landfill expansion discussion) comes to APC meetings in the future, people will be able to raise questions.”
As previously reported by the Daily News, the owners of the landfill located at S. U.S. Hwy. 421 at CR 280 E. are seeking to expand their operating land by 150 acres. They are currently at 138 acres.
Duvall said the matter began approximately 10 years ago, and the request for the expansion was essentially pulled at that time.
The local landfill is currently asking for 150 acres to be rezoned to industrial for landfill expansion. Per the landfill’s specialist and their information, they have said they need the land for the next 40-50 years if things stay on track or stay where they are.
Duvall said the landfill’s presentation pertaining to the expansion indicated they will only expand the landfill in small sections, three to five acres at a time, and only as needed.
“So, the land would stay in farmland production as long as possible and then as needed they would pull small sections out,” Duvall said previously. “That is what their presentation said. In order to get even through that point, they would have to come before the APC, they’d have to be approved by the APC, they would have to go to the [county] commissioners and be approved by the commissioners, and then they’ll have to go to the Board of Zoning Appeals.”
The APC director also mentioned the public will be able to offer their thoughts and concerns at future public meetings. There could be at least one or two special public meetings to address the landfill expansion proposition itself.
On behalf of Decatur County Hills, Best Way Disposal Manager Mark Fixmer said while they are looking to expand by 150 acres to as much as 288 acres, the entirety of the expansion will not consist of merely the landfill itself, but will include additional operating land such as parking lots.
“There’s a lot of misinformation out there,” Fixmer said previously. “We look forward to the next meeting to clarify.”
This is a developing story. The Daily News will provide more information as it becomes available.