February 28 Meeting Recap
Waste Management Official Says
Odor will be Gone by June 30

The Board of Supervisors at its February 28 meeting received assurance from one Waste Management official that the continuous odor coming from the Sussex County Landfill will be eliminated by June 30.

In a presentation to the BOS, Jason Williams explained that his company has a plan to correct the problem. When asked by District 1 Supervisor Alan Carmichael when citizens can expect the odor to be gone, Miller responded “by June 30.”

The presentation followed a large contingency of residents who spoke under Public Comment regarding their issues with the odor. Many complained about health risks as well as devalued property.

The issue has been ongoing for at least two years as Waste Management implements a long-term plan for the landfill. Constant complaints have stemmed about the odor at all times of the day, and DEQ officials say they are monitoring the progress made by Waste Management. DEQ is the regulatory agency that oversees landfills in Virginia.

Other matters to come before the BOS at its meeting:

• County Administrator Percy Ashcraft proposed the FY ’18 Budget, calling for no General Fund tax or fee increases but hikes in both water (10 percent) and wastewater (20 percent) rates for public utility users.

• Received a report on the Soil & Water Conservation District.

• Received a report on the buildout of the Courthouse Basement that will add a new courtroom.

• Approved on the Consensus Agenda a resolution for Carryover funds for Adult Education.

• Approved on the Consensus Agenda a resolution appropriating $56,512 for a School Technology Security Equipment Grant.

• Unanimously approved a resolution to negotiate a contract with HBA Architecture & Design to design a new Route 10 Fire Station.

• Unanimously approved a water contract to be executed between Love’s Travel Center and Prince George County.

• Unanimously approved authorization to advertise a public hearing for a proposed easement by Prince George County Electric Cooperative at the Central Wellness Center.

• Unanimously approved authorization to advertise a public hearing to repeal the Existing Taxi Ordinance and adopt a new driver registration ordinance.

• Unanimously reappointed Tim Webb to the Board of Grievance Appeals.

• Unanimously reappointed Rod Compton as the alternate to the Central Virginia Waste Management Association Board of Directors.

• Held a public hearing and unanimously rejected a bid of $2,765 to sell the ‘River’s Edge Lagoon’ parcel and authorized Staff to solicit other offers.

• Approved April 13 at 5:30 p.m. for a Board retreat at a site to be determined.