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Harnett County leaders dump landfill proposal; residents cheer

Posted September 26, 2011
Updated September 27, 2011

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— Harnett County residents erupted into cheers Monday night when, after several hours of debate, the county Board of Adjustment voted against a proposed landfill off N.C. Highway 24/27 between Cameron and the Johnsonville community.

The board sided with people living near the site, where Sandhills Environmental had planned to use a 370-acre former sand mine as a regional landfill.

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Supporters of the landfill said it would bring $2 million in fees to the county, but residents said the economic benefits were not enough to counteract their concerns about health, contamination, property values and the community's image.

Renee Harris, who opposed the landfill, said the vote made her feel euphoric.

"(I feel) fantastic. We spoke and they listened and that's all you can ask for," she said. "This shows you that when a community galvanizes and comes together, this is what can happen."

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  • thepeopleschamp Sep 27, 2011

    "SORRY, TPC - but the ummmmmmm "Social Services" Building AND the ones you list, could have been replaced by less plush and smaller versions of the White Elephants on the Cape Fear. But then, I suppose the entitlement, criminal and "undocumented citizens" classes of Harnett County society deserve the absolute best." pappy1

    Sorry pappy, but ummmm, the Social Services building has been there for a few decades now, so that s not a new "palace". Yes, I am glad the deputies got out of their old building before the roof caved in on them. And criminals are not the only people who use the court house. The new buildings were badly needed and were well overdue. Now how money is spent at Social Services might be an issue we agree on, but I'm glad those buildings are in place.

  • Packy Sep 27, 2011

    ooohhh....I gotcha MDL. Yep, you are correct. :)

  • MDL33 Sep 27, 2011

    Packy, I am talking about Mr. Womble.

  • pappy1 Sep 27, 2011

    "thepeopleschamp" "Pappy-those "palaces" are a court house that replaced the one that was in a condemed building that was literally falling apart and a jail to replace the one that didn't have capacity to house half of their inmates and deputies.

    SORRY, TPC - but the ummmmmmm "Social Services" Building AND the ones you list, could have been replaced by less plush and smaller versions of the White Elephants on the Cape Fear. But then, I suppose the entitlement, criminal and "undocumented citizens" classes of Harnett County society deserve the absolute best.

  • DoOntoOthers Sep 27, 2011

    juliekirk, OGE, and everyone else...

    Counties DO NOT maintain roads. Period.

    Yes, towns/cities maintain some or even most of their own roads, but this is NOT done in counties. Roads are either the responsibility of NCDOT or are private and are the responsibility of private citizens/HOA's. Turning roads over to counties is something legislators have only DISCUSSED in an effort to balance budgets.

  • thepeopleschamp Sep 27, 2011

    "If Harnett County is "poor" - it may be due to the palaces (governmental offices) they built outside of Lillington ..." pappy1

    Pappy, those "palaces" are a court house that replaced the one that was in a condemed building that was literally falling apart and a jail to replace the one that didn't have capacity to house half of their inmates and deputies.

  • OGE Sep 27, 2011

    juliekirk - Do you even live in HC or NC for that matter? The Counties DO NOT maintain roads, the state does.
    kannr

    Not true...The state only mantains a road if it is a state route...otherwise it's a city or county issue.

  • mmtlash Sep 27, 2011

    do residents ever welcome a new potential landfill with open arms? ;-)

  • OGE Sep 27, 2011

    I can't wait to see the next story about how Harnett County residents have no jobs.

  • wasone Sep 27, 2011

    One thing for sure,the Harnett County landfill issue is not dead! The chairman is starting to get his ducks in a row again.

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