Landfill expansion project hits snag

By Staff
Leada DeVaney, Hartselle Enquirer
The city of Hartselle was unsuccessful in its attempt to purchase property adjacent to the current landfill, leaving the situation, in the words of Mayor Clif Knight, "back where it started."
The city was eyeing some 68 acres of land adjacent to the landfill, with plans to expand the facility in the future. The plan drew the ire of Valley View subdivision residents who said the landfill expansion would hurt their property value.
Last Saturday, Knight said he planned on bidding, but was unable to do so because one of the property's owners, Skip Drinkard, exercised an option to purchase the part of the property the city wanted.
"It was a surprise to me," Knight said. "(This) wasn't a situation where you take each property and buy it separately."
Knight said he expects the land will remain up for sale. In the past, the city and the property owners have been unable to reach an agreement on price.
Drinkard paid $2,000 for each acre.
"Obviously, he snapped it up at that price," Knight said.
The city wanted to use the property to expand its current landfill. Valley View residents have vowed to fight the landfill expansion, saying the city is not properly operating the current landfill and shouldn't open a new one.
Residents have attended several council meetings and presented evidence alleging the landfill is not operating according to code. Among the items presented where photos of computers and office equipment dumped at the landfill, which is supposed to accept only limbs and other yard debris.
Valley View residents have also said the noise from the landfill interfered with their quality of life and threatened a lawsuit if the expansion plans continued.

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Scholarship named after 4-year-old killed by dog; no criminal charges expected  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Sheriff’s academy open for registration

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Local business launches ‘Play It Forward’ program to support local families  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

UPDATE: Child dies after being attacked by dog in Hartselle

Breaking News

Child attacked by dog in Hartselle

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Local legend retires after 34 years at Hartselle Pizza Hut

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle soccer teams sweep Morgan County Tournament

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle gears up for future growth: City seeks input for new comprehensive plan 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday begins tomorrow

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

‘I hope it fuels them’: Hartselle turns focus to next season after Elite Eight loss

At a Glance

Students advance to final round in 3D CAD competition

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Woman accused of pushing Hartselle woman off cliff writes letter to judge 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle Drama makes a splash with “The SpongeBob Musical” 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle woman marks 28th anniversary of heart transplant 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Woman killed in Somerville house fire identified

At a Glance

Child Safety Conference set for March 5

Editor's picks

Decatur Morgan Hospital getting Safe Haven Baby Box 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Annual tree giveaway set for March 6 

At a Glance

Hartselle native joins American Angus Association  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

FlashFiber celebrates 10,000th customer 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Alleged shooter in murder-for-hire case to stand trial in October 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Garbage routes altered for Presidents Day

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

College Street Players to present magical production of Peter Pan Jr.  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hundreds dazzle at annual Cinderella Ball 

x