MINOT, N.D. — A commission is recommending that Minot reject a proposed expansion of the city’s landfill, which some landowners oppose out of concern it may devalue their property.
The Minot Planning Commission voted 8-2 Monday against the Public Works Department’s landfill expansion proposal.
The City Council will consider the commission’s recommendation next week, the Minot Daily News reported . The city would have to come up with a new garbage disposal plan if the council follows the commission’s guidance.
Commission Chairman Tyler Neether said he needs more information about buffering and landscaping before he could approve an expansion.
“We need to get to a well-rounded plan,” Neether said.
Some residents suggested opening a landfill farther away from town and called for a cost analysis of expansion versus a new site.
Dusty Wald, vice president of the Green Acres Home Owners Association, said expanding the existing landfill closer to residences would be unacceptable and would affect the value of 157 properties.
City Council President Mark Jantzer said the council will want cost analysis information before making a decision.
“We want to make sure that we have the process right,” Jantzer said.
Jason Sorenson, the city’s assistant public works director, said the department is working to present the council with a cost analysis report.
Sorenson said that any new site likely would lead to similar opposition from neighbors. Moving to a landfill farther away would also increase trucking and labor costs, he said. He said the existing landfill cells still have room left and the city wouldn’t need to move to the new property for eight to 10 years.
Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com