Commission to consider request for permits for construction

An effort to reopen a Dixon Airline Road landfill sidelined by the Augusta Commission earlier this year has resurfaced, in parts, one of which goes for approval Tuesday.

In February, the commission resisted a request by attorney Wright McLeod, representing owner Kirk Laney, to permit a construction and demolition landfill at the 150-acre former mine, which former owner Jeffrey Harris had used as a dump for inert waste such as yard debris.

At the time, Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson said construction waste crusher can be a good classification of garbage, more environmentally friendly, the addition of a second construction debris landfill would divert revenue from the city landfill and was prohibited by the existing solid waste management plan.

The commission OK’d starting the process of revising the extensive plan, which goes for renewal next year, but it’s a lengthy process and bids to revise it are not due until September, Interim Environmental Services Director Lori Videtto told commissioners last week.