Mallard Lake landfill back in the spotlight
With the ongoing debate between the administration of Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith and the Democrats on the Anderson City Council about raising the water rates, the potential Mallard Lake landfill was brought up.
Tom Brewer, superintendent of the Anderson Water Department, said the city needed a $14.3 million bond issue to replace the Lafayette water treatment plant and to tap into the well field to increase the city’s water supply.
Brewer said if the Mallard Lake landfill is ever put in operation, on the east side of Killbuck Creek, it could threaten the Rainey well fields.
Smith said Wednesday during a conversation that he proposed a northeast annexation in 2013 because it enabled the city to have a “seat at the table” by bringing Mallard Lake into the city limits and under city zoning and land use laws.
The Killbuck Concerned Citizens Association, fighting the proposed landfill for the past 35 years, begs to differ with Smith. Their contention is the proposed annexation didn’t include the landfill site and city zoning and land use laws would not impact the state permit granted for a landfill operation.
Senior Reporter Ken de la Bastide’s column publishes Sundays. Contact him at Ken.DeLaBastide@heraldbulletin.com or (765) 640-4863.