A rural Morrill resident concerned about the possible location of a regional landfill in his area says Scotts Bluff County needs proper zoning, policies and procedures established before discussions about permitting any rural landfill site begin.
Brian Bucks, who resides near the proposed Bald Peak landfill sites south of Morrill being considered by the city of Gering for a regional landfill , told the county Board Monday they have “more regulations for siting hog confinement projects than siting a landfill.”
Bucks says a landfill should have a separate county zoning type with specific procedures and policies established that are reviewed by an elected board comprised of representatives from each of the commission’s five districts.
Bucks says the county policy should restrict the size of the landfill to 60 acres to avoid it being a mega-dump for communities outside the county. Bucks said, “What could be a sweet deal for the cities could stink for rural residents”.
During Bucks eight minute presentation he also said a landfill should not be located within two miles of a rural residence. He said a landfill should not endanger the domestic or irrigation supply of agricultural producers, which he and Gering Ft. Laramie Irrigation District Manager Rick Preston said would occur if the landfill is located at the Bald Peak sites.
Bucks and Preston also indicated they wanted complete transparency in any landfill discussions and the residents to be involved from the very beginning.