County to rule on whether sewage plant can continue operating

31 10 2008

Diane Wagner | Rome News-Tribune

The Floyd County Commission is scheduled to decide today whether a private sewage treatment plant can continue to operate at the old Lindale mill. Andrew Hawkins of Carter Environmental wants to treat septic system collections at the West First Street site of the defunct denim mill’s treatment plant.

Nearby residents have mobilized to protest the odors and noise from delivery trucks, but Hawkins, who got permits before committing to the business, is contesting their claims.

His attorney, Albert Palmour, cautioned officials in a Sept. 30 e-mail to “(keep) in mind that the waste facility existed and was next door to these people and their ancestors.”

The Rome-Floyd County Planning Commission recommended approval of a special use permit for treating septic system waste, but drew the line at the FOG — food, oil and grease — collections that sparked outcry in the neighborhood and led to a shutdown of operations earlier this year.

Commissioners caucus at 4 p.m., with their regular meeting and public hearings starting at 6 p.m. The board meets on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave.

Click here for the board’s complete agenda.

Unity Christian School’s request for a special use permit to build a new campus on property off Wilbanks Road at the Rome bypass also goes to the board with a recommendation for approval.

A rezoning application to allow a convenience store at the corner of Rockmart Highway and Pleasant Hope Road is facing an uphill climb. Residents and members of two nearby churches are petitioning for a denial and the planning commission has backed them.

Read on here.

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