LUMBERTON — There will be a public hearing Monday for discussion of expansion of the Robeson County landfill.
The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the St. Pauls Courthouse, located at 210 W.Blue St. The meeting is the result of several people coming to the Nov. 6 Board of Commissioners meeting and speaking during a public hearing on plans for an 11.6-acre expansion of the current Construction and Demolition Landfill.
The plan involves making use of land inside the landfill’s current boundaries. But the speakers, almost all people who live next to or near the landfill, questioned the need for the expansion and expressed concerns that the expansion meant the county would need their property. Others spoke of health and safety fears.
“There’s a lot of scared people in our neighborhood,” Glenda Lowry, of St. Pauls, told the commissioners.
They cited more trucks filled with trash coming to the landfill and increasing the noise levels and posing more safety threats to other drivers, pedestrians and to children. One speaker asked where the county planned to get the dirt that will be needed to cover the new mounds of trash. Another suggested the county needs to erect a fence to keep children from running into the landfill.
“The biggest concern I have after listening to you is the most frequent word I hear is ‘fear,’” said Commissioner Lance Herndon, who represents St. Pauls.
After nearly an hour of comments and questions, board Chairman Tom Taylor called an end to the hearing. Herndon then suggested holding a community meeting so information could be shared with the public and more residents could comment about the expansion plan.
Further action on the expansion was tabled until after the meeting.