Landfill proposal off table

Published 3:59 am Wednesday, February 13, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
Public perception regarding a proposed construction and demolition debris landfill has left Steven Creamer with little choice but to withdraw his application for the site.
Creamer presented a letter to David Stokes, chairman of the Escambia County Commission, during Monday's Commission meeting to formally withdraw the request.
The proposed site is comprised of 150 acres on U.S. 41 in the Wallace Community, just south of an area currently occupied by Timberlands Sanitary Landfill.
After Stokes read the letter, Buck Smith, a resident in the area near the proposed site, addressed the commission with information concerning petitions against the proposed C&D landfill.
Smith said he appreciated the fact that Creamer had withdrawn his request concerning the proposed landfill, but expressed some apprehension as well.
The possibility of re-submitting the application is true for Creamer, as it would be for any citizen making a request of the commission, Stokes said.
Creamer said his proposed landfill and recycling operation is being looked at as a landfill situation only and, he says, that view is not exactly right.
Creamer said the site wouldn't be visible from the road by those traveling through the area near the proposed site.
Creamer remains optimistic about his proposal and will continue to look at ways to make the recycling of construction and demolition debris a success.
Although Creamer has officially withdrawn is request for a landfill application with the Escambia County Commission, his option to resubmit an application and request remains open.