WEATHERSFIELD - Township officials are inviting residents to Tuesday's trustees meeting for a public discussion on the proposed opening of a construction-and-debris recycling center and landfill.
"We have had some people call with concerns and complaints," trustees Chairman Gil Blair said. "We certainly want everything to be very open and to be done within the bounds of the law. We are doing our best to make sure that happens.''
Southside Environmental Group in Niles owns the proposed site of the new business just south of Deforest Road. Officials with the local group said they would team with Kurtz Brothers Inc. out of Cleveland in the project. Plus, they plan to use a $250,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant, which was applied for two weeks ago, group officials said.
The new business would take in debris from construction sites and separate out the reusable wood and metals, they said. According to Blair, this accounts for 70 to 90 percent of construction waste. The recyclables would be turned into mulch and the metals reused.
The remaining debris would be dumped in the site landfill.
The complete site of the proposed business takes up 30.3 acres, with the landfill taking up a small portion of that space.
WHAT: Weathersfield Township trustees meeting
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Township Administration Building, 1451 Prospect St.
AGENDA: Includes discussion of proposed recycling center and landfill
Although Blair noted he has heard some opposition to the new landfill in particular, the proposal passed through the Weathersfield Board of Zoning Appeals without a complaint nearly eight months ago.
"There wasn't any opposition throughout that process," Blair said. "At the same time, maybe people weren't aware of it. If people have concerns, we want to hear them."
Blair said discussions for the project have been ongoing for almost a year.
"The township officials were approached last spring," Blair said. "So we've known there were thoughts of opening some kind of recycling center for a long time."
There is no timetable for construction of the new business.
"As far as we're concerned, this is still the early stages of coordinating this business. Everything is still on the drawing board," Blair said.
The next step in the process would be attaining drainage plans, along with acquiring permits from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Health Department.
"Once they get passed those things, they have to supply tipping fees," Blair said.
Kurtz Brothers Inc. specializes in taking the recycled material and selling it to landscape professionals and homeowners as mulch.
The trustee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the township Administration Building in Weathersfield.