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November 9, 2013

Neighbors eye landfill with suspicion

Owners say $1.1 million investment will be used for farmland


O’Neal said if the owners try to use the site as a landfill, the lawsuits which have plagued the proposed plans for waste disposal will be back.

“I would be shocked if they didn’t do it,” he said. “Something just ain’t right. I’m literally just sick of it.”

Another neighbor of the landfill, Paul Stiers, said he spoke with an on-site worker who said the company is creating 60 more acres of farmland. Both O'Neal and Stiers say heavy equipment is being used to level the area and remove trees.

“I know there is money in farming right now and I’m hoping if they leave it at that, they are going to be in really good graces with the community,” Stiers said. “If they decide in a year or two to do the landfill, it's going to get ugly.”

Some of the dirt being moved will open areas that had been created by a previous owner to shield the landfill site.

“I kind of feel if they were going to make a landfill they would leave that dirt there,” Stiers said.

O’Neal said the value of his property is tied to development by his corporate neighbors and he plans to keep a close eye on what is happening next door.

“We have been watching them,” he said. “If they put a dump in there I would be better off to raise my property and move on. No one wants to live by a dump.”

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Associated properties According to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, there are three landfills in the state that are permitted and operated by companies associated with Best Way Disposal, 600 Land, Inc., or affiliates. All three facilities are municipal solid waste landfills. The following are the names and locations of the landfills: Decatur Hills Landfill Decatur Hills Incorporated FP 16-03 2090 S. County Road 280E Greensburg, Indiana South Side Landfill Southside Landfill Incorporated FP 49-01 2561 Kentucky Ave. Indianapolis, Indiana Randolph Farms Landfill Randolph Farms Incorporated FP 68-01 7526 W. County Road 600S Modoc, IN 47358 The company also operates East Central Recycling, 701 E. Centennial Ave., Muncie. Locally, Best Way also operates a transfer station on the south side of Anderson at 1128 W. 66th St.

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