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Opponent of Galena landfill gather in Riverton

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Updated July 17,2014: Residents in Riverton, Kansas are seeking legal counsel after the city of Galena announced plans for a landfill.

Opponents of the landfill met Thursday night at the town's community center to voice their concerns.

Four years ago Jason Bolt and his family moved to the unincorporated town of Riverton. He says the proposal comes as a surprise.

"Nobody here had any knowledge until we saw it in the newspaper," said Bolt.

When Bolt found out about the city of Galena's proposal, he and others started a community action group.

The designated property for the landfill is off Highway 69A and Lostine, the city of Galena annexed the land after it was purchased by Jordan Disposal Services in Galena, then sold to the city of Galena for $1.

The conditions of the contract state, the city of Galena would enter in a long term waste management contract with Jordan Disposal Services.

We reached out to the company owner Brian Jordan, however employees say he's out of town.

We spoke again with the Mayor of Galena Dale Oglesby, who says the landfill will make way for more economic development.

"We sprung this on people? Well at some point you have to have a beginning point, and this is the beginning point," said Oglesby.

Bolt says, there's a lot of misinformation and the group's first step will separate fact from fiction.

"There's always a possibility this is truly the best place anywhere in the four state area to build a landfill, but if that's the case why were community leaders, residents and county commissioners not involved in that decision," said Bolt.


July 10, 2014:
Homeowners in Cherokee County, Kansas are concerned about a potential landfill in their backyard.

The landfill would be located on the Northeast corner of 69A and Lostine.

The Galena City Council approved the acquisition of the property.

City officials say, a permit would still need to be obtained by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

There will be a public comment session by KDHE, depending on the response a public hearing may be held.

The landfill must be 500 feet from an occupied residence, and 150 feet from the property line.Kansas Department of Health and Environment:

http://www.kdheks.gov/


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