LORDSTOWN Board hears landfill debate
More than 150 residents attended the meeting to express their concerns.
By SHERRI L. SHAULIS
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
LORDSTOWN -- Residents and Lafarge Corp. officials will need to wait until at least Oct. 28 for a decision on a proposed landfill in the village.
Members of the board of zoning appeals met for several hours Monday to hear both sides of the argument on a construction and demolition debris landfill Lafarge wants to open at its Newton Falls-Bailey Road site.
Company officials requested a special-use permit to operate the landfill, which would operate under the direction of a wholly-owned subsidiary called Lordstown Construction Recovery LLC.
Lafarge accepts granulated slag and mill waste by rail and truck at the site.
Board members agreed to continue the hearing at a later date to gather more information on the proposed use of land from Lafarge officials.
Other permit approved
Lafarge already has an operating permit for the landfill from the Trumbull County Board of Health, which, by law, was required to approve the permit provided the application was in order.
Atty. Randy Rudloff, counsel for Lafarge, told board members he saw nothing in the village's zoning code that either prohibited or allowed for such a landfill.
"We are acting on the side of caution," he said. "We felt it was appropriate to come before the board of appeals."
More than 150 residents from Lordstown and neighboring communities attended the meeting to express their concerns, most of which centered on fears of increased traffic, increased noise, possible health hazards and possible odors.
Angela Mulichek, who lives on Palmyra Road near the site, said truck traffic already keeps her and her family awake, saying trucks will line up outside the site as early as 4:30 a.m., waiting for the business to open at 6 a.m.
Lafarge already operates from 6 a.m.-midnight, and officials said the proposed landfill would operate the same hours.
"When are we supposed to sleep?" Mulichek asked.
Mary Horvath, who lives on Bailey-Ellsworth Road, said she is concerned about truck traffic as well. The landfill would mean additional truck traffic, she said, which will deteriorate village roads.
"I moved here 26 years ago, and I accepted the trucks," she said. "That was fine. They were there, and I accepted it."
But an increase in truck traffic would not be worth it, she said.
Steve Paige, operations manager at Lafarge's Lordstown site, and Scot E. Evans, a senior geologist with Bowser Morner in Dayton who consults for Lafarge, tried to address as many concerns as possible during their presentations.
Evans said the site is good for such a landfill because there is a layer of clay that varies from 15 to 60 feet deep. The clay, he said, would act as a natural barrier, preventing contamination of the groundwater supply.
He also noted that there should be no odors associated with the site because the materials accepted would be related to demolished buildings. Only items such as shingles, tiles, bricks and cement would be accepted.
Because items such as paper, solid waste and other biodegradable material would not be accepted, they cannot break down and cause a stench, he said.
Under Ohio law, boards of zoning appeals are required to grant special-use permits when members can find no reason not to issue such a permit.