MAHONING VALLEY Area mayor supports opposition to landfill

The health department has reviewed Total Waste Logistics' permit request.
GIRARD -- The mayor of Hubbard may not be worried about any landfills finding their way to his city, but he is still in opposition to the landfills trying to make a home in neighboring communities.
Total Waste Logistics wants to locate a landfill on U.S. Route 422 in Girard. The company applied to the Girard City Health Department for a permit in June. Residents of Hubbard Township have also fought against a proposed landfill.
Hubbard Mayor Art Magee said he feels for the residents of Hubbard Township and Girard in their fight to keep demolition landfills out. Magee said he is not concerned about a landfill coming to Hubbard because there is not enough available land.
"We are in strong support of Girard's opposition to the landfill," he said. "We don't want any new landfills in the area. We don't need to become a dump city."
Magee said the state needs to find a better way of disposing of trash than allowing it to be dumped in the back yards of people who live in small cities.
Application status
Girard Mayor James Melfi and residents of the city may see some movement on the issue next week. The health department and an environmental consultant hired by the city have until Monday to return the application to the company detailing any inefficiencies in the application.
Jim Dobson, health commissioner, said the department has reviewed the application, and a number of inefficiencies were found. He would not say what the inefficiencies are or how many were found.
Dobson said the application, with inefficiencies noted, will be returned to the company by Monday. He said after the application has been returned, the company will have the opportunity to refile the application.
Quality of living
Melfi said the company has another landfill operating in a different part of the city. It is inspected regularly by city officials. That site, he said, has not been a problem, but another site would be detrimental to those who live in the city.
"Obviously, it is a quality-of-life issue," he said. "This area already has one site that has been expanded. The idea of placing a second site in the city is ridiculous."
Melfi said he believes the board of health will ultimately reject the application. He said it should be taken into consideration that the land in question is near the Mahoning River, is part of the Trumbull County comprehensive plan, and the Lake to River Bike Trail runs through the property.
Tony Latell, former Ohio senator and part owner of the Creekside Golf Dome, which sits in front of the proposed site, is worried about the stench the landfill will bring and loss of property value throughout the city.
"I believe the entire city is in opposition to the landfill," he said. "This is a problem that will hurt homes and businesses. It is a very serious matter that affects the entire city."

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