Union Co. Fiscal Court Magistrates Review Letters for Proposed Transfer Station Site

During a special called meeting Tuesday morning, Union County Fiscal magistrates reviewed letters from four entities required to make recommendations regarding the proposed site for the Tri-County Waste transfer station.

Letters from Sturgis Fire Department Chief Chad Cullen, Union County Solid Waste Coordinator Lisa Watson and Union County Emergency Management Director Vernon Martin recommended approval of the transfer station site for Tri-County Waste at US 60 West and McFalls Road. However, the Green River Health District disagreed and recommended fiscal court to not grant approval.

The Green River Health District stated in the letter stated their recommendation was based on the Tri-County Waste Solid Waste application, attendance at the public hearing held at the Union County Courthouse in May 2016, speaking to Tri-County Waste owner Gus Kanipe, and talking with regulators with the Kentucky Division of Waste Management and Division of Air Quality. In the letter, they noted some of the concerns that was voiced during the public hearing voiced by residents whom live nearby the proposed transfer station site.

In the letter they said the concerns expressed by nearby residents are legitimate in that there is the potential for the facility to negatively impact their health. They went on to say their research on this topic suggest with proper citing and facility design and appropriation plans most of the potential negative health impacts could be mitigated. However, the Green River Health District said the application submitted by Tri-County Waste lacks sufficient detail to make assurance to the nearby residents that their health is protected.

Following some discussion, Judge Jenkins had this to say about the jurisdiction of the Green River Health District…

Due to an approaching deadline of 30 days after June 2nd, fiscal court will send questions voiced by residents at the public hearing to Kanipe’s attorney in Louisville and hope to have answers back before the end of the month. Magistrates indicated a special meeting, that will include Kanipe and his attorney, will likely be called in order to review and discuss the attorney’s responses before magistrates move forward.

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