LORDSTOWN Landfill attracts concern
The zoning board of appeals will hear the matter at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
By SHERRI L. SHAULIS
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
LORDSTOWN -- About 35 residents voiced concerns to village council members about a proposed landfill, in spite of the fact that council has no say on the matter -- yet.
The Lordstown Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday to consider a request from Lafarge Corp. for a special-use permit to open a construction debris landfill on property along Newton Falls-Bailey Road.
While the residents' comments at Tuesday's council meeting had no impact on the board's decision, some still wanted to raise some questions and make some statements.
Lauraine Breda, of Newton Falls-Bailey Road, drew a round of applause from the crowd when she addressed published comments from Tim Page, Lafarge's manager of operations, who said he believed residents' concerns were "unfounded."
"Our concerns are based on facts and research," she said.
Breda said her research shows similar landfill sites in Ohio have caught on fire, and had negative impact on the air, property values and environment.
She also said the debris that would come to the landfill would be brought in from states such as New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which have stricter codes than Ohio for landfills.
Tom Thomas, also of Newton Falls-Bailey, said he wondered how Lafarge could receive a go-ahead from the Trumbull County Board of Health without any input from village council or residents.
"They didn't have to notify us," Mayor Arno Hill said. "They didn't notify us."
Last month, the board of health approved the application, based on state law that requires boards of health to approve landfill applications after a 90-day review period if the applications are complete.
At the board of health meeting, Lafarge presented an application that was complete and included more monitoring and safety features than required by law, said Frank Migliozzi, director of environmental health.
Hill said when Lafarge representatives made an informal proposal to council several weeks ago, council members said they were against the proposal, and considered it a dead issue. He said he heard nothing more on the matter until the board of health granted its approval.
Hill serves on the board of zonings appeals, along with Councilman D. James London and three residents from the village. He and Solicitor Paul Dutton, however, pointed out that no decision can be made by any board member until they hear the case Monday.
"I cannot speculate on what evidence they'll present, what legal arguments they'll present," Dutton said.
Lafarge plans to add the 26-acre demolition debris landfill next to its facility for dumping slag at 6205 Newton Falls-Bailey Road. The landfill is expected to receive most of the debris -- which could include wood, shingles, asbestos, brick and more -- by rail.