sentineltimes.com | Sentinel TimesGalena, Kan. – The Galena Council approved the acquisition of land for a refuse landfill on the NE corner of 69A and Lostine.
The property originally owned by Brad Clark was purchased through a Joplin attorney for Mr. Brian Jordan, who then in turn gave the property to the City of Galena for a landfill, with a perpetual contract for operation of the landfill. The proposed 40 acre landfill will sit in the center of 160 acre piece of property.
The landfill will still need to be engineered and a permit obtained by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
The barrier along the west will be borrowed dirt until the shrubbery has grown.
“We are looking at the long term needs of the county,” said Mayor Dale Oglesby.
According to Oglesby, residents of the city of Galena as well as the residents of Cherokee County will receive a reduced rate to dispose of their trash, at the landfill.
The anticipated lifetime of the landfill is 20 years.
Landfill committee members Lance Nichols, Ashley Qualls and Linda Watkins recommended this acquisition to the council. All the contracts and ordinances were already prepared prior to council.
The process for the approval of the landfill could take as little as six months. The process is to obtain local approval, i.e. Galena City Council, since the property was annexed into the city. The city then needs to submit the permit application to Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) which will review the permit application to make sure it is in compliance with Kansas Statutes and Regulations. There would then be a public comment session, KDHE would then review and evaluate the comments. There can be a public hearing depending on the public response during the public comment time. The public notice must be published not less than 30 days prior to the public hearing or proposed action.
When residents address their concerns they must address the state statutes and regulations and why the proposed landfill would not be in compliance.
The permitted landfill must be 500 feet from an occupied residence and 150 feet from the property line.
Ordinance No. 14-14 was passed by the council on Monday night annexing the property into the city. The council also passed Ordinance 14-15 which will establish the fund to be utilized for the operation and closure of the landfill.