Hurley Residents Win Latest Battle Over Landfill - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

05/19/03

Hurley Residents Win Latest Battle Over Landfill

Dozens of Hurley residents looked on anxiously, waiting to see the final vote on White's Rubbish Landfill. Some board members say Monday's outcome was based on testimony from both sides and the White's decision to begin selling some of the property.

"Two of the pieces of property were actually on the original 130 acres that were permitted. In my mind, I felt he was sending the message that the permit was being vacated because he decided to do other things with the property. And I felt comfortable in rescinding the special exception," Supervisor Tim Broussard said.

That decision made nearby residents comfortable too.

"The outcome was wonderful. We've worked hard to save our community, property values and our family land. The supervisors looked at the facts, and the facts won out," Hurley Resident Robin Bellsaid.

"The Board of Supervisors made a very well reasoned decision. They went through and it looks like they spent a lot of time trying to make the right decision," Hurley Resident Larry Smith said.

While the residents won Monday's vote from supervisors, the outcome may be different in a courtroom. That's according to White's attorney.

"We feel that the ruling was incorrect. We feel like we would have a valid appeal to circuit court, and we certainly may do that," Attorney Jim Backstrom said.

"If they appeal it, we'll go forward. We're fighting to save our community and our neighborhood," resident Tonette Mills said.

The site owners have 10 days to appeal. Even if they decide not to, residents say there's still work to be done.

"I want the water tested. I want the ponds cleaned up," resident Robin Bell said.

And they promise they'll keep an eye on the landfill property until those concerns are addressed.

by Josh Ridgdell

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