The Weston County Solid Waste District is looking for potential landfill sites, according to newly appointed board member Bob Hartley, and the board hopes to have a clear plan to develop a county landfill in the next few months.
During the 2016 general election, voters approved a 3-mill tax levy to help the district pay for a county landfill. Payment was scheduled to begin, for the 3-mill tax levy, in 2018, and the board is making plans to have a landfill operation before the current Newcastle and Upton landfills close. Hartley estimates that the district will receive $200,000 to $250,000 annually from the tax levy.
According to City Clerk/Treasurer Greg James, the Newcastle landfill is permitted through 2022. Hartley told the News Letter Journal that the board recently advertised in Weston County newspapers looking for individuals with land for sale in the county. The goal is to gather potential landfill sites for the board to consider before selecting a property and proceeding with plans.