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Cary Officials Question Holly Springs Landfill Plan

Posted December 20, 2005

— Until now, Holly Springs was the only Wake County town fighting the Holly Springs landfill. But now another town says the landfill may not be the best option for them either.

When the trash is picked up in Cary neighborhoods, most of it is hauled to Sampson County. A new landfill in Holly Springs could change that. But Cary leaders believe they are better off opting out of an interlocal agreement and going at it on their own.

"We have options available to us," said Cary Public Works Director Mike Bajorek.

Cary is the only Wake County town aside from Holly Springs that doesn't back a new landfill in Holly Springs.

Cary city leaders have concerns about the length of the 25-year contract. They also don't think it's fair that Raleigh gets a $3-per-ton discount. Bajorek said that in reality, it becomes a $3 subsidy for towns like Cary.

"It doesn't cost any more money to bury a ton of garbage from Apex, Morrisville, Cary or Raleigh. If it's a true partnership, everyone should be paying the same amount," said Bajorek.

Half of the solid waste entering the new facility will come from Raleigh. For that reason, Raleigh's city manager Russell Allen doesn't buy Cary's argument.

"It's not unusual in this business or any other that if you buy/generate enough volume, you get a discount because the economics are there," said Allen.

Cary acknowledges joining the partnership would be the most cost-effective option.

Landfill proponents hoped for 100 percent participation to keep everyone's costs down. Now Holly Springs hopes Cary's opposition will be enough to convince Wake County Commissioners a landfill in Holly Springs is not the best option.

"I do think it helps our cause because it does indicate that another town has given it a great deal of thought," says Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears.

Morrisville is the only Wake County town that hasn't made a decision on the landfill. It's expected leaders will do that at their Town Council meeting on Tuesday night. Wake County Commissioners will the ultimate say when they take a final vote in January.

Five developers, including those behind The Streets At Southpoint and North Hills, are interested in the 423-acre Holly Springs site. A drug manufacturer is also eyeing the property.

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Dana Franks

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