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County asking Marana to slow landfill process

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Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 12:00 am

Pima County Supervisors are asking the Town of Marana to slow down its consideration of a landfill proposed for ground between Silverbell and Avra Valley roads west of the town limits.

Supervisor Sharon Bronson, who represents that portion of the county, asked her peers Tuesday morning to resolve that the town send the landfill question back to its planning commission for more information, further explanation and additional comment.

The supervisors were divided on the non-binding resolution Tuesday morning, approving it 3-2, with Supervisors Bronson, Ramon Valadez and Richard Elîas voting for it, Supervisors Ann Day and Ray Carroll voting against.

Last Wednesday, the Marana Planning Commission voted 3-2 to approve the Marana Regional Landfill Specific Plan (see related story, page 12), which would allow the landfill project to move toward council consideration and the eventual permitting process. Acceptance of the planning commission OK is not an agenda item for the March 2 town council meeting.

The supervisors' resolution further asks Marana to restrict waste disposal at the proposed site "to prevent acceptance of out-of-state waste to the extent this can be legally done." DKL Holdings Inc., the company seeking to build the landfill on property owned by Marana Vice Mayor Herb Kai, has said trash for the 430-acre landfill would come from Southern Arizona.

The county "will continue to actively comment on any future landfill proposals located either in Pima County, or in areas that would impact Pima County," the resolution indicates.

Bronson's resolution came after residents of communities west of Marana near the landfill site, including those in the Silverbell West development, asked the supervisors to intervene in the process.

DKL Holdings proposes to build the landfill within a 590-acre parcel that now sits within unincorporated Pima County. As Marana considers the industrial use, a parallel annexation process is moving forward.

The Marana Planning Commission vote came after a full house in the Marana Town Council chambers last week. The majority of speakers voiced opposition to the project, and urged the town to slow its consideration.

Pima County owns and operates the Tangerine Landfill, east of the proposed project near the Gladden Farms development. The county has said the Tangerine Landfill is likely to be closed within 10 years.

The issue has been a matter of concern for the county, which has put its support behind the proposed Durham Wash landfill to be built in southern Pinal County by C.P.E. Consultants, LLC, a Tucson-based firm.

C.P.E. Consultants was also awarded a contract renewal at Tuesday's meeting to complete a nearly decade-long project to count all the manholes in Pima County. The renewal was worth $500,000, a total in addition to the original $4.3 million original contract.

The board decided to have C.P.E. Consultants and DKL Holdings attend a board meeting in April to discuss landfill issues.



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