Landfills can’t be ignored

Williston (N.D.) Herald: One thing we have all learned over the last few years is dealing with the changes brought on by the explosive growth in the region is not easy when playing catch up.

Whether it’s roads, housing, law enforcement or basic infrastructure, the city and county governments have struggled to meet the ever-growing demands due to a population that has doubled in the last five years.

Twice in the last week, local governments have addressed an issue that will continue to be a concern in the future. Last week, the Williston City Commission ... agreed to spend around $350,000 to expand the landfill, which would likely be full in two or three years without more space.

On Tuesday, the county commission heard a request to allow a new landfill to be built in the county. The private landfill would be used for residential garbage, some oilfield waste, construction materials and more.

The company asking for permission to build the landfill had a simple argument — more landfill space will be needed in the near future and the county must act now to be able to meet the future needs.

After debating the issue for well more than an hour, commissioners voted against the request. But even in doing so, the county officials admitted more landfills will be needed in the near future.

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