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'Rank' Smell Haunts Cary, Officials Struggle to Stop Stench

Posted January 4, 2008

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— Nancy Budwine loves to sit on her porch and take in the view. What she can’t take is the smell.

Her Cary neighborhood has been fighting for fresh air since a sewage treatment plant left the area with an unbearable smell.

“You can smell it pretty much anytime,” Budwine said.

Just beyond the trees of her house is the South Cary Water Reclamation Facility.

“If an outhouse isn’t taken care of, it’s pretty rank,” Budwine said, laughing. “Multiply it by a whole city’s worth. It’s pretty bad.”

Homeowners said they signed a waiver acknowledging the nearby sewer treatment plant when they moved into the subdivision. But they say they were promised the odors would be minimal and infrequent.

The Town of Cary tried to solve the problem by putting in a permanent odor control system at the plant in November 2006, which cost $654,000. Neighbors said they have yet to notice any improvement in the odor.

Public works officials said they've tried several odor-controlling measures, but the odor lingers. They're now in the process of hiring consultants to figure out the source.

“We’re trying to determine where the problems are so we can go in and fix that,” said Public Works Director Mike Bajorek.

The study is expected to be done by spring, but a permanent fix could take even more time. Budwine said she just wants the smell to stop.

“Maybe they can give us a specific date that they can take care of it so we can move on and come outside,” she said.

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  • denverbob234 Jan 6, 2008

    hollywoodbruce needs to get a life. Sounds like you have some issues that need to be addressed, professionally

  • denverbob234 Jan 6, 2008

    linh40, from someone like you, I accept your comment towards me as a compliment, Thank you again

  • Alicat Jan 6, 2008

    Its a sewage plant it will stink. Why they build them near neighborhoods is beyond me. Its not an north south thing but it is political. Just clean up the stench, no on no where would or should have to put up with icky stinks. Seriously.

  • hollywoodbruce Jan 6, 2008

    WHEN WILL YOU YANKS LEARN....THAT WHEN YOU MADE ATLANTA BURN....YOU WOULD ALL TRY TO MOVE TO THE SOUTH....AND LISTEN TO US SAY.."HUSH YOUR MOUTH".....WE BOUGHT THIS LAND WITH GOOD INTENTION,,,,BUT YOU SOUTHERNERS JUST WONT LISTEN...ROBERT E. LEE WAS YOUR GENERAL...BUT HE WAS NO LAND INSPECTOR...NOW OUR BACKYARD STINKS AND WE ARE TRYIN TO FIND FAULT...WH SHOUD HAVE JUST LISTENED....WE CRY AND COMPLAIN...AND SAY IN SUCH PAIN...YOU SOUTHERNERS ARE SMARTER THAT WE FIGURED...AS THE SOUTH TAKES YOUR NORTHERN MONEY TO OUR BANK AT RBC....ROBERT E. LEE SAID YOU SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO ME...YOU SHOULDNT HAVE BURNED ATLANTA I BETCHA...

  • hollywoodbruce Jan 6, 2008

    HILLARY CLINTON CAME TO CARY...SHE SAID OH WHAT A PERFECT PLACE TO MARRY...O;BAMA CAME BY WITH BILL EDWARDS AND SAID SOMETHING IS AWRY,,,THIS SMELLS LIKE ROTTEN SHRIMP THAT IS DRY...THE YANKS SAID DONT BLAME US....WE JUST CAME HERE ON A BUS...WE WANTED TO BUY UP THE LAND....I GUESS IT WAS A WRONG PLAN...THE YANKS WANTED TO TEACH THE SOUTH A LESSON....THEN THEY SAID THIS DIRT IS A MESSIN'...YANKEROOOO WAS SO BLUE...AND NOW THE LAND SMELLS LIKE NO DRESSIN'....THE YANKS SAID WHAT ARE WE TO DO...THE LAND IS UNRULY AND BLUE....IT HAS STUNK UP OUR LIVES AND CAUSED THE MICE TO RUN TO THE HIVES....WHEN CARY WAS SWEET AND GREEN...THE YANKS SAID WE WILL KEEP THIS PLACE CLEAN...THE FUMES CAME UP AND THE SMELL AND THE STENCH....AND THE YANKS SAID OH, WE JUST MADE THE SOUTH RICH...SO NOW WE MUST COMPLAIN AND WISH AND PRAY IT WOULD RAIN TO CLEAN UP THE WISHES WERE MISSIN...

  • likemenow Jan 6, 2008

    Simple answer...it's called Karma

  • oldrebel Jan 6, 2008

    My Uncle Archie raised chickens in Chatham County for most of his life. It put food on the table, paid the bills and put four children through school. Some would turn their noses up and complain about how did they put up with "that smell" around the homeplace all of the time. Uncle Archie would just grin and tell them, "It smells like money to me."

  • linh40 Jan 6, 2008

    my apologies to you denverbob. You don't lack common sense you are just stupid.

  • denverbob234 Jan 6, 2008

    linh40
    "I have yet to witness anything you had to type that began to show any common-sense"

    I do hope that in the future, you do start to show some common-sense, since you stated that you have yet to show any

  • denverbob234 Jan 6, 2008

    linh40 I have gone back a re-read what I have posted here and still stand behind what I previously stated as it is reflection f the childish attitudes which people run into in the south. Thank you

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