11/2/2013 11:13:00 PM Council's decision to deny permit appealed
by Patti Stokes
STOKESDALE - The town council's decision last month to deny a special use permit for a proposed minor LCID landfill, more commonly referred to as a "stump dump," has been appealed and the case will now be heard in Superior Court in Guilford County.
To many in the town, the issue of a minor LCID landfill wasn't worthy of so much attention. But for those who live on or near Pearman Quarry Road where the proposed landfill would be located, it was a critical issue.
Over a period of three months the town deliberated over whether to approve a request from landowners Kenneth and Carrie Van Derveer to operate a landfill that would encompass about 1.74 acres on the 23.16 acres they purchased about three years ago on the west side of Pearman Quarry Road. With two existing LCID landfills in their neighborhood, many residents in the area protested that noise and dump truck traffic to and from a third landfill would negatively affect their quality of life as well as their property values. After the matter was heard by the town's Planning and Zoning Board, it came before the council in July. The public hearing was continued to the August meeting, when the Van Derveer's attorney, Richard Shope, presented a case for why the permit should be approved. Neighbors made impassioned pleas for why it should be denied, and council members Randy Braswell, Bill Jones and Frank Bruno visually anguished over their decision before eventually asking for more time to review the evidence that had been presented. The case was continued to Sept. 17, when council voted 4-1 to deny the special use permit for the proposed landfill; Mayor Randy Jones cast the only dissenting vote.
On Oct. 8 the council held a special meeting to discuss the next steps it needed to take in preparing for a court case. Mayor Jones, who is an attorney, and Bill Trevorrow, the town's attorney, briefed the four other council members on what to expect from this point forward and after deliberation, the council agreed to allocate $10,000 for court costs and a transcriptionist who will work from audio files to document all public meetings in which the special use permit case came before the town.