Mini-version of waste plan sparks mini-rebellion by panel Only small section of 10-year proposal is presented

October 05, 1993|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

A staff presentation of a piece of Carroll County's 10-year solid waste management plan, which had more parts left out than included, sparked a mini-rebellion yesterday by members of the county's Waste-To-Energy Committee.

Some committee members questioned spending time to discuss a stack of paper an eight of an inch thick in a plan that staff members described as one inch thick. The committee also learned that the county has about 10 years' worth of landfill space it is not counting in the plan.

The state government requires all Maryland counties to have solid waste management plans and to update them every two years. Carroll's plan for 1994-2004 will say basically that the county is going to dispose of its refuse in landfills, James E. Slater, county environmental services administrator, told the committee.

On a related issue -- whether Carroll should have a single, countywide trash collection -- the plan will simply say that a county solid waste collection study committee split 5-5, Mr. Slater said.

Public Works Director Keith Kirschnick said the committee's 11th member, who could have broken the tie, dropped out midway through the one-year study.

Mr. Slater said he couldn't show the committee the full solid waste plan because the county commissioners haven't seen it.

He said he expects to schedule the public release of the full plan at a meeting with county attorneys today, and that he hopes the commissioners will approve it by the end of the year. The Waste-To-Energy Committee has no responsibility for reviewing the plan but could use the information in it for an incinerator feasibility study.

"Why are we doing this?" asked committee member Jacob M. Yingling. "If it hasn't been approved yet, why are you giving it to us? Or if the commissioners want us to read it and give them a recommendation, why don't we have a complete copy?"

Mr. Yingling said he didn't learn anything new from the presentation.

The presentation is "reinforcing what you've already heard," said Keith Kirschnick, county public works director.

The Waste-To-Energy Committee is to study the feasibility of a trash incinerator in Carroll. Mr. Yingling and several other committee members said they would like to see information on waste processing technologies listed in the plan's table of contents.

Mr. Slater said the plan will say Carroll County has adequate landfill space to continue burying trash through 2006.

He acknowledged that the projections don't include about 50 unused acres at the Hoods Mill landfill. That acreage could serve the county's needs through 2016, he said.

Committee member Thomas B. Beyard said he considered the existence of the additional acreage important in considering whether to burn county trash.

An impression has been created "that we have to make a decision tomorrow. Well, actually we don't," Mr. Beyard said.

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