An organizational meeting of Fix Bi-County Now held its first meeting Nov. 16 at Riverfront Park in Clarksville in an effort to get the ball rolling on improvements to the Bi-County Landfill in Woodlawn.
There were a half-dozen people present for the meeting.
The Bi-County Landfill off Dover Road is where all trash is taken for Montgomery and Stewart counties.
Bi-County Landfill sits on more than 550 acres of land. Seventy-five acres are closed, and 53 acres of the land are currently used, according to its website.
Carl Eisemann, who has lived in Woodlawn for 34 years, said he believed the landfill has suffered mismanagement for many years, and he would like to see it improved.
“There’s odor problems, traffic problems and issues with its operations,” Eisemann said. “Inexperienced people are trying to run the place.”
Eismann said when he moved to Woodlawn, he didn’t think the landfill would interfere so much with the day-to-day lives of nearby residents.
“The odor has gotten worse and caused our property values to go down,” Eisemann said. “Now, the county is talking about putting the bills on our taxes. The electric departments have decided they don’t want to collect it anymore.”
According to the Montgomery County legislative agenda approved in September, the independent billing of the monthly user fees for Bi-County Landfill caused increased expenses. The county requested the billing be conducted by the county trustee’s office.
Each household is billed $15 per quarter.
During Monday’s meeting, residents questioned the operations of Bi-County Landfill, the management of the facility, traffic safety and whether a traffic light would improve the ingress and egress of the facility.
Michael York attended the meeting and said he cares about Clarksville. He also wonders why other counties are able to use the county’s landfill.
“Why are we trucking in trash from other areas?” another resident asked. “Why are we filling it up quicker than we need to?”
Eisemann said the landfill should bury the garbage more often to alleviate the odor.
“The garbage stinks,” Eisemann said. “It needs to be buried or burned.”
The small gathering closed with discussions on accountability and wanted to see that the fees for service are properly used.
No action was taken other than encouraging people in attendance to talk to commissioners, write letters and volunteer to get involved in voicing their concerns to local governing bodies.
For more information, visit fixbicountynow.com.