Waste transfer site may be discussed

May 13, 2009 

— Orange County leaders will likely discuss a suggestion Thursday night to consider placing a solid waste transfer station on Millhouse Road, next to the town of Chapel Hill's operations center.

The item is not on the agenda but can be added, said Valerie Foushee, chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. The county has been considering a site in rural White Cross for the station, where garbage would be loaded onto larger trucks for shipping outside the county when the county's landfill closes in 2012.

Mayor Kevin Foy suggested the Millhouse Road last week. The town already owns the site, and part of the savings could help install sewer lines on Rogers Road. The historically black community has sought sewer connections as compensation for hosting the county landfill.

"I thought it was an interesting proposal, certainly one that should be considered," Foushee said. She said she is concerned, however, that Rogers Road neighborhood leaders consider Millhouse Road part of their larger community and also oppose the idea.

The county's solid waste department estimates the solid waste transfer station would average 35 garbage truck visits a day and an additional six visits a day from private vehicles, based on traffic to the existing landfill.

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