Is landfill expansion on the horizon?
If you have driven along Ward Lake Road , you will notice that the county has fenced in a large portion of land on the southside of the road. The fencing has blocked access to several properties, as well as Ward Lake. It has been a while since I was out in that part of the county, but I do not remember the lake itself being fenced in. I also noticed that the county has fenced in a piece of property along Linecrest road. All of the fenced in areas are now county property. It really begs the question; What is the county up to? Well I talked to a few people who live in the area, and the all told me that the county was going to drain Ward Lake. None could give me a reason why, but they all said they heard the info from county workers who put the fence up. I asked one guy who has a business in the area, and he echoed the same thing. So made a few calls to see what I could find out. I called the Sanitation Department first. The passed me to the Seminole Landfill office. She in turn told me to call a guy by the name of Jim Herak. after explaining to him what I have explained to you above, Mr Herak asked me who I was working with. I told him I was a concerned citizen who writes a blog. He then told me I would have to talk with a Billy Malone. Well I called Mr. Malone and talked with his Executive Assistant. She told me she would have to take a message and Mr. Malone would call me back. So after talking with 4 people, I had nada. I decided to call the office of Lee May. The landfill and surrounding property falls within his district. I talked with a guy named Edmond Richardson. Mr Richardson explained to me that the county had purchased the land in order to provide a larger buffer for the landfill, and for traffic control reasons. he told me the county wanted to realign Ward lake Road for better traffic flow. He then said he was reading from an e-mail sent to him about Ward Lake and access to it. he said the e-mail stated that Ward Lake would have public access in the future. he also said that the areas that the county has purchased would be used as topsoil for Seminole. He then stated that the county was not going to expand the landfill. Our conversation ended there. Just as I started to write this post, I got a call from Mr. Malone in the sanitation department. It was 6:30 Friday evening I was really surprised that he called back so soon. Mr. Malone confirmed much of what Mr. Richardson told me with some additional details. Ward Lake will be drained and the soil in the lake will be moved to the landfill down the road. During the soil removal process, the lake will be made deeper and wider. What is about a 10 acre lake today will be expanded to 20 acres. After the sanitation department has finished with the topsoil project, they plan on returning the lake and surrounding land to the Parks and Recreation department. At that point it will become a county lake with access to the public. all of this will take two years or more. Right now, the sanitation department has no permits to start draining and digging. As for the properties that the county purchased on Linecrest road, Mr. Malone said they would be used as a buffer for the landfill. In the end more land around the landfill will be county owned, but the landfill itself will remain in its current boundaries.