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August 15, 2013

Landowners want trash concerns addressed

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Woodward, Okla. — MORE HELP SOUGHT

But the after-hours dumping isn't the only idea that the landowners had.

Miller said he feels that another step that might improve the situation would be to close a portion of the county road that leads into the landfill from the south.

By doing this, he said it would force people to take the paved road off of Highway 412 from the north into the landfill.

Commissioner Matt agreed that was the reason that the county paved that road in the first place, to encourage people to use that route into the landfill.

"If you just limit access to the landfill from the north, then that will eliminate a lot of our problems," Miller said.

But much like the enforcement of the secured-load law, the landfill board said they have no control over how customers arrive at the landfill.

Board Treasurer Junior Salisbury said "it's hard to keep them from going where they want, because these people pay their taxes too so they have a right to use whatever roads they want."

However, County Commissioner Tommy Roedell, who is also a member of the landfill board, and County Clerk Charolett Waggoner, who serves as secretary for the landfill board, told the landowners that they could petition the county commission for a road closure.

Waggoner said the landowners must submit a letter listing which specific road they are wanting to close in order for the matter to be put on the county agenda.  She said if her office receives the letter before Thursday afternoon she can include it on the commissioners' next agenda for Monday, Aug. 19.

However, she told them that "there won't be a decision made on the road closing on Monday because it has to be published and a public hearing will be set, then after listening to concerns at the public hearing, the commissioners will vote."

But Salisbury warned that the road closure could be rejected "if they get a lot of protests."

 

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