Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Already digging, Hernando County gets state okay of landfill permit

Work has begun on a new cell at the Hernando County landfill. The permit  allows construction of a lining and other features once the hole is dug.

Hernando County Utilities

Work has begun on a new cell at the Hernando County landfill. The permit allows construction of a lining and other features once the hole is dug.

BROOKSVILLE — The mail carrier brought good news to county Utilities Director Joe Stapf on Wednesday and to all those who pay to use Hernando County's landfill.

The state permit to open a new cell at the landfill was delivered, prompting meetings throughout the day to talk about how to "as expeditiously as possible'' get the project under way, Stapf said.

Work on the new cell began earlier this week in anticipation of receiving the permit, which allows construction of a special lining and other landfill cell features once the huge hole is dug.

The clock is ticking on the current active cell of the landfill and every bag of garbage is inching Hernando closer to having to start shipping trash out of county, at a hefty cost to the county and the customers.

"This is a significant milestone,'' Stapf said. "Now we can begin in earnest our next steps.''

The permit was delayed because the state was concerned about the potential for sinkholes on the property. The delay led county officials to worry that they would have to spend significant amounts of money to ship trash possibly to the Pasco County incinerator or elsewhere to keep from running out of landfill space before the new cell could be constructed.

Such steps could have meant a hefty increase to property owners in their annual landfill assessment.

Stapf is still talking with other officials and haulers about options for moving some trash elsewhere to buy time to complete the cell construction and to get a state operating permit, which he expects sometime in 2010.

The plan is to keep the existing cell open by moving garbage elsewhere for a time. Closing a cell is expensive and complicated and Stapf doesn't want to have to do that.

His plan is to bring whatever options are available to the County Commission on April 28.

The key, he said, was finally knowing that the permit was in hand. "The target has been moving too fast for us to take aim but now it's steady,'' he said.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at behrendt@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1434.

Already digging, Hernando County gets state okay of landfill permit 04/08/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 8:22pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Plan your weekend Aug. 18-20: Elvis in concert, Jason Aldean, Monster Jam Triple Threat, Sing-Along Grease

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    The king

    Elvis: Live in Concert: This year marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, and Ruth Eckerd Hall will have a Graceland-produced Elvis concert on a movie screen, accompanied by a full live orchestra. Graceland calls it the closest audiences …

    Handout photos of Elvis: Live in Concert, a tour spectacle featuring a live orchestra backing the voice of Elvis Presley, projected onto a movie screen. The tour comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall on 8/18/17. Credit: Graceland.
  2. Woman convicted in murder of 18-year-old with cerebral palsy gets lighter term

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Linda Bonck, a 90-pound Chamberlain High School senior with cerebral palsy, lived near Tampa's Lowry Park. She struggled to walk and talk but was known for being friendly and trusting of strangers until she vanished one day in 1992.

    Georgia Miller, 39, was convicted for the 1992 murder of Linda Bonck, an 18-year-old Chamberlain High School student who had cerebral palsy. Originally sentenced to life in prison, Miller was resentenced Wednesday to 65 years, the result of U.S. and Florida Supreme Court decisions that found it unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life. With gain time, Miller will be released from prison in the next six years. [Florida Department of Corrections]
  3. Boynton Beach woman arrested on DUI, child abuse charges

    Criminal

    A Boynton Beach woman was arrested Saturday and faces DUI and child abuse charges after she blew a .200 on a breath test with an unbuckled child in the backseat, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

    Brandy Lerma, 31 of Boynton Beach, was arrested on DUI and child abuse charges on Saturday. [Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Editorial: Why can't Hillsborough commissioners move Confederate monument?

    Editorials

    The violence in Charlottesville, Va., crystallized for much of the nation the danger of refusing to address painful symbols of the past. But not so in Hillsborough County, where the County Commission on Wednesday reversed itself yet again and left open the possibility of leaving a Confederate monument outside the …

  5. Former WTSP employee sues station's parent companies for gender discrimination

    Civil

    A former director at WTSP-Ch. 10 has sued the station's parent companies, claiming she was the victim of gender discrimination.