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Daily Tar Heel – Elizabeth Jensen

The Chapel Hill Town Council voted 5-2 Monday to research the fiscal impacts of two potential sites for waste to be collected before it is shipped out of the county. A waste transfer station is needed because the county landfill is expected to reach capacity in 2012.

The county has four options for a possible location for the transfer site: land for purchase off N.C. 54, a Town of Chapel Hill-owned site on Millhouse Road, an Orange County-owned site on Millhouse Road and the transfer station in Durham off Interstate 85. (read more here)


N&O Staff writer: Jesse James Deconto

CHAPEL HILL — The Town Council voted Monday not to offer land at the Town Operations Center to Orange County for a garbage depot.

The council did direct town staff to evaluate the financial impact of two other county options, the 150-acre Howell site on N.C. 54 west of Carrboro and a partnership with Durham County to use its solid-waste transfer station off Interstate 85. (read more here)

By Kirk Ross and Taylor Sisk
Staff Writers

The Orange County board of commissioners voted 4-3 Tuesday night to draw its attempt to find a site for a waste transfer station to a close, setting a timetable of 60 to 90 days for reaching a decision.

The board approved a plan to continue to investigate four options, including three potential sites for a waste transfer station and a possible deal with Durham County to use its waste transfer facility. Commissioners also asked to see the costs and parameters of the interlocal waste agreement between the county and its municipalities.

The vote came on the heels of discussion of a new site on Millhouse Road on county-owned property. The new county-owned site is nearly across the street from the Town of Chapel Hill’s public-works facility, where there is land that Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy has proposed as a possible site. (read more here)


HILLSBOROUGH – A frustrated Orange County Commissioner Mike Nelson suggested Hillsborough take its garbage to Durham to buy time at the Orange County landfill, as the search for a trash transfer station site drags on.

“We’re going to need it,” Nelson told his fellow board members Tuesday night, saying three years until the landfill’s scheduled closing is not much time to site a new waste facility. “I don’t know when this board is going to be ready to make a decision.”

(read more here)

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2009 7:00 am

by Sommer Brokaw>

Residents of the Rogers Road-Eubanks community, a neighborhood just outside the limits of Chapel Hill but within its jurisdiction, say broken promises characterize a 37-year battle for basic infrastructure.

“We were promised that we’d be connected to public water and sewer service in 1972 after they opened the landfill, and we were promised again in 1985, 1995 and 2000,” said the Rev. Robert Campbell of the Roger-Eubanks Neighborhood Association. “Those promises were made and those promises were never kept.” (read more here)

By Elizabeth Friend
Community Government Reporter – WCHL

As the Board of Commissioners met to discuss their options for dealing with the county’s trash, Vice-chair Mike Nelson expressed frustration with the process that has dragged on for more than two years.

At Tuesday’s meeting the board considered four possible actions: pursue a large parcel of land on N.C. 54, wait to hear from Chapel Hill officials regarding town-owned land on Millhouse road, use 10 acres of near-by county-owned land, or hash out a deal to haul waste to Durham. (hear and read more here)

Joe Schwartz · Independent Weekly

Two hours, more than a dozen public comments (it seemed more people spoke than didn’t in the packed meeting) and healthy discussion didn’t bring Orange County Commissioners any closer to selecting a waste transfer station site Tuesday night.

The board voted 4-3 to consider all four remaining sites with the hope of selecting one by Dec. 7. It was the latest twist in a controversial selection process that’s lingered on for more than a year now. (read more)