WHITE CO., Ind. (WLFI) —Commissioners have decided to hold off on approving the rezone of a White County landfill. They tabled the controversial proposal at a meeting Monday morning.
As we previously reported, it passed the board of zoning appeals on March 25th.
Waste Management of Indiana uses 169 of 565 acres of its land for disposal. The rezoning adds another 115 acres.
The company said the landfill will be out of room in nine years. The expansion is needed to add another 30 years.
Several people who live near the site say they're worried about trash and other environmental hazards.
A company representative presented ways it plans to fix problems and address them in the future.
Commissioner David Diener said waiting to make a decision is what's best for everyone.
"Some of the issues that have been presented, by both the public and the representatives of waste management, we think we can get a better handle on and perhaps help the community," Diener said.
Vicki Menzer lives next to the site and wants those in charge to take a closer look at the expansion's environmental impact.
"We want to ensure all the residents in the nearby area of Buffalo, that the land we're living on is safe and that it's not going to deter our quality of life," said Menzer.
Commissioners have 90 days to make a decision.