The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 to deny a settlement to ongoing litigation with Bankhead C&D Transfer Station on Tuesday.
Nearly 70 residents turned out in opposition to the expansion of the waste transfer station, the Marietta Daily Journal reports.
The station currently accepts construction and demolition debris but wants to expand its operation to take in household garbage as well.
Commissioners rejected the company’s rezoning proposal, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Bankhead then filed suit in the Cobb Superior Court, according to the AJC and MDJ. A proposed settlement was reached with a commission representative and sent back to the board for approval on Tuesday.
Residents who oppose the expansion held signs that read “Vote NO! Bankhead Trash Transfer Station” during the Tuesday meeting, according to the AJC and MDJ.
Cobb Commissioner Lisa Cupid recommended the board reject the settlement on Tuesday, according to the MDJ. Cupid said the owner of the transfer station gave her conflicting statements about the amount of waste that would be processed as well as whether the facility would be enclosed, according to the MDJ.
According to the MDJ, AJC and 11Alive concerns brought up by Cupid and residents include: storm water runoff from the site adding pollution to the ground and putting the Chattahoochee River at risk; the site attracting birds, which could endanger pilots at the Charlie Brown Airport; an increase in mosquito-borne diseases; odors; a negative impact on property values; and loss of local businesses.
and said the company met all the conditions of the rezoning, the AJC reported.
Tuesday’s vote means litigation between the county and Bankhead will likely continue, according to the MDJ.