Charleston Co. officials move forward on plan to expand Bees Ferry Landfill

Published: Aug. 24, 2013 at 3:05 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2013 at 10:54 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Residents along Bees Ferry could see more trash and trucks in the future.

Council member Elliott Summey says the discussion about where to put all of the county's trash and recycling was held during a closed-door session. He says Thursday night's 5-to-4 vote will allow contract negotiations for the purchase of 15 acres near the Bees Ferry Landfill to begin.

"Going down this path, this will be the solution for the next 30 years for all the garbage in Charleston County with every municipality," says council member Elliott Summey.

Council member Summey says an alternate site off of Palmetto Commerce Parkway has been proposed. He says this industrial location makes more sense.

"Not that we want all the garbage in North Charleston, but at the same time we know we've got an industrial area and those trucks can go down interstates and industrial roads, without going through neighborhoods."

Residents of Hunt Club, a subdivision next to the landfill, worry about the possible Bess Ferry Landfill expansion.

"I'm concerned that it's not only going to bring more trash to the area, but its also going to bring a lot more traffic and cars and stuff like that," said Francis Valle-Bowman.

"I know trash has got to go somewhere, but it's also going to affect the quality of life here," said Chip Mathis.

Mayor Joe Riley doesn't agree with consolidating trash operations at the Bees Ferry Landfill. He says the city and county are working to reduce traffic on Bees Ferry.

In an email to chairman Teddy Pryor and Summey, Mayor Riley said "We are absolutely certain that the neighborhoods would oppose this and therefore ask the county not to approve this proposal."

Channel 5 did reach out to three of the council members who voted in favor of the plan, but they said they cannot comment on what was discussed in the executive session.

Summey says there is no public hearing scheduled about this plan. County council will vote on it again at Tuesday's meeting. Summey says Tuesday's decision will be final.

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