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Landfill meeting planned

November 18, 1999






Public information meeting

- Information on Lund Landfill provided.

- Friday

- 7 p.m.

- Conococheague Elementary School, 12408 Learning Lane, Hagerstown


By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

The Maryland Department of the Environment will hold a public information meeting Friday on the planned Lund Landfill.

The state requires that the meeting be held before the county can open a new 425-acre landfill, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said Wednesday.

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Even though the meeting is on a Friday night, Rohrer said he expects a large crowd.

Local meetings and hearings are rarely held on Fridays. Rohrer said he thinks the Department of the Environment selected the date.

Gail Castleman, the hearing coordinator for the Maryland Department of the Environment, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The state coordinates and runs such meetings, during which residents can ask questions, Rohrer said. Similar hearings have been held on other aspects of the project, but this will be the first in about five years, he said.

The county needs a permit from the state in order to open the landfill on time, Rohrer said.

The Lund Landfill is scheduled to open in the fall of 2000, at about the same time the Resh Sanitary Landfill is expected to run out of room.

The Lund property is in a bend of the Conococheague Creek near Resh. Wendell L. Lund, a Washington, D.C., attorney, sold the land to the county in 1990.

Rohrer has estimated it will cost Washington County about $12 million to close the Resh Landfill and $12 million to get the Lund Landfill ready for operation.

An agreement with nearby property owners locks the county into building a bridge connecting the site to U.S. 40 instead of upgrading roads on the same side of the Conococheague as the landfill.

The Lund costs include $4.4 million to build the bridge and an access road connecting the site to U.S. 40, Rohrer said.

Rohrer said he expects some questions at the meeting about a 19th-century cemetery on landfill property. An agreement signed by the County Commissioners in April should take care of state concerns about the issue, he said.

The agreement includes plans to disinter the 40 to 50 bodies in the cemetery.

The government has accepted offers of help from Rose Hill Cemetery and the Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home.

The cemetery manager has offered to put the bodies into a prominent portion of the 135-year-old cemetery free of charge.

Gerald N. Minnich, director of the funeral home, has offered to work with the Maryland Health Department to get disinterment permits needed to move the bodies from the small private cemetery.

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