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Town of Seymour residents concerned about landfill expansion

Town of Seymour (WQOW) – Residents in the town of Seymour are expressing concerns about a proposal to expand the Advanced Disposal landfill in their town.

Members of the Seven Mile Creek Neighborhood Association are asking that the site committee take into consideration the effects the landfill has had on their homes when moving forward with plans to expand.

At a meeting Friday morning, officials opened the floor to public comment. Residents voiced concerns over the smell, noise, pollution and financial problems they said the landfill brings.

One resident said the vultures that circle over the landfill got onto his property and killed one of the calves he raises. Another spoke up about the odor, saying she cannot open her windows on hot days, which significantly raises her utility bill by having to use her air conditioning more.

General manager of Advanced Disposal Mark Vinall said these concerns will be taken into consideration. “That’s part of what the site committee is to be involved with, in working with us and the local community to come up with an agreement that we operate a landfill in a way that works for everybody,” Vinall said.

Pamela Johnson, who lives near the landfill, said she and other residents have been promised previous expansions of the landfill would be the last.

Johnson said although she and others get a small property tax break for being near the landfill, it does not make up for the issues they continue to see. “It’s not worth it. What we’re getting allowed or paid, our ‘pluses,’ our benefits do not equal what we’re doing, what we’re putting up with, what we’re hearing, seeing, smelling,” said Johnson. “It’s just not right.”

Johnson said she would like officials to add a member of their neighborhood association to the committee for future negotiations and meetings so they have a voice in the plans. She said she hopes to get some economic or sociological protections in place.

Vinall said the landfill needs to expand because it is on course to reach capacity in two to three years, and the community needs more space for its waste.

If the expansion is approved, Advanced Disposal estimates it will happen within the next two years.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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