Uniontown waits for landfill answers

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 14, 2005

UNIONTOWN – After four Perry County Commissioners voted yes to submit the application for a landfill permit in Uniontown, the next step is to wait for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, or ADEM, to make a move.

According to Cynthia Maddox, Uniontown city administrator, Commissioner Ron Miller of District 5 abstained from the vote although residents of his district are strongly against the landfill.

“Of the 3,500 signatures we gave to them, most of them are in his district,” Maddox said. “If he was really for his people he would’ve said ‘no’ instead of abstaining.”

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Maddox said residents took more offense to him abstaining rather than saying “no” to the council because he proved to them he is not on their side.

“He played the good ole’ boy role and didn’t go against them although he was already outvoted,” Maddox said. “He has the last seat. They had already outvoted him four to one but he still abstained.”

Maddox said the application has been sent to ADEM and now the city is waiting to see if the organization will call a public hearing to discuss the matter.

“We as a people are still waiting on the transcripts from the last town hall,” Maddox said. “We only have some of the answers to the questions that were written that night.”

Although the landfill will be in close quarters to Maddox’s home as well as others and she is strongly against the idea, Maddox said there is nothing more the city can do because it is all in the hands of ADEM.

“We just have to wait and see where they go from here.”