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Vigil, Hearing Held on Wake Landfill

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HOLLY SPRINGS — Wake County decided six years ago to put a landfill in Holly Springs. That was before dozens of houses were built around the site. Public hearings, and protests by residents, continue. Two were held Tuesday night.

A second question-and-answer session was held at Holly Springs Elementary School. Homeowners cited their concerns about effect on property values, increased traffic and the possibility of smelling the garbage. County officials are trying to assure them it won't happen.

It's estimated 1900 tons of garbage per day would be deposited in the proposed landfill near Highway 55.

Among those brought in to answer questions was Douglas McKinney, head of the Falls River Association in North Raleigh. Homeowners in his neighborhood are close to the north Wake landfill, which was already in existence when McKinney's and other homes were built.

McKinney said the landfill has not adversely affected his property values or his lifestyle.

Opponents to the Holly Springs landfill, such as Chris Dickson, say that, in contrast to people in McKinney's situation, they didn't have the option of deciding whether they minded being next to a landfill, because a landfill wasn't in place. Because the homes were built around the designated site, people made their purchase unaware of what was on the drawing boards.

As the hearing was under way, other homeowners gathered in a candlelight vigil to register their opposition to the proposed South Lake landfill.

A construction permit could be issued within the next few months.

County officials are offering a concession: 54 acres that could be used for a park or a school.

"We could donate that to the city for a park or a school. It was brought up at the last meeting. That's something we'd certainly be willing to sit down and look at," said Carlette Southern-Roberts, solid waste director.

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Stephanie Hawco, Reporter
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