County commissioners approve solid waste franchise ordinance

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The Person County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a franchise ordinance for the landfill in Rougemont operated by Republic Services of North Carolina.

The landfill, officially named the Upper Piedmont Regional Landfill, is located at 9650 Oxford Road, Rougemont.

The franchise ordinance is just one piece of a multi-step process needed to amend the county’s contract with Republic Services.

The amendment was initially approved at the commissioners’ meeting Sept. 23.

State law requires a public hearing on the franchise after a 30-day public notice and adoption of the ordinance at the second of two regular meetings.

The public hearing had two speakers, both in support of the ordinance.

Marji Stehle said she previously believed the landfill was closed to the public and had a negative view of it.

“I guess about a year ago I saw that residents were invited to a barbecue at the landfill,” she said. “My husband and I went for the heck of it, not expecting to find what we found. What we found was a modern, clean facility. They took us on a tour around and it was lovely. I also found out through questioning that they are very much a part of our community and donate to things like the library. Learning all of these things made me change my opinion completely.”

Stehle said she thinks Republic Services is a great partner and the county should continue the relationship it has with the company.

Shane Walker of Republic Services thanked the commissioners for their work in the process.

“You have our commitment to continue to be a good partner, a good neighbor and we look forward to serving the needs of the county for a long time,” Walker said.

Vice Chair Ray Jeffers made a proposal to adopt the ordinance which passed unanimously.

The commissioners are required to vote on the franchise ordinance a second, final time at their Nov. 18 meeting, according to state law.

After the landfill receives the franchise ordinance, the State of North Carolina must issue a permit for the operations that have been agreed upon. If the state requires an additional site study, the county may be required to convene another public meeting on the state action.

The franchise agreement outlines the location of the operation, the expected life span of the facility, details of the geographic area to be served and procedures for county oversight.

A copy of the application for the solid waste disposal franchise ordinance is available to the public for review at the Person County Manager’s Office located at 304 South Morgan Street, Room 212, Roxboro, and the Person County Public Library located at 319 South Main Street, Roxboro.

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