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1st Urban meeting postponed

January 09, 1997


Staff Writer

A meeting for neighbors of 1st Urban Fiber's paper recycling plant has been postponed a week because of Thursday's snowstorm, according to city officials.

The meeting, scheduled for Thursday, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.

Residents in the area of Cannon and Radcliffe avenues are invited to attend the meeting at the plant. It follows a November meeting at which residents aired their concerns about truck traffic and various odor problems in the neighborhood.

Last fall, officials received complaints of unpleasant odors from the recycling plant at the intersection of Memorial and Eastern boulevards as well as from the city's pellet plant off Frederick Street.


The city plant produces pellets, a byproduct of the sewage treatment process, which can be used for fertilizer.

Since the earlier meeting, 1st Urban and city officials have taken steps to eliminate and prevent odor problems, officials have said.

Last Sunday night, the pellet plant stopped using organic enzymes to kill odor-causing bacteria in sludge and returned to using chemicals in the hope that would eliminate odor problems.

Hagerstown Water Pollution Control Manager Rick Thomas said Thursday that city officials had not received complaints about unpleasant odors from the pellet plant since the switch.

There were some complaints about an odor caused by a plumbing problem, he said.

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