SWACO needs clay soil from Pleasant Township

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By Hannah Poling
Staff Writer

A representative from the Solid Waste Authority of Center Ohio (SWACO) attended the July 23 Pleasant Township trustee meeting to discuss plans to collect clay soil for the landfill.

SWACO Director of Operations, Scott Perry discussed creating a crossing on Young Road to harvest clay.

“We are currently out of clay material to build our landfill,” said Perry. “Currently, the area where we are at, we’ve used all the clay. The next place to get clay is west of Young Road.”

He said that right now they are only in the process of testing the dirt. All of the samples have already been taken. SWACO has plenty of soil for their daily operations at the landfill, but they do not have any clay.

Upgrades will also be made to the road. According to Perry, SWACO will only use the road as necessary during construction and will use safety precautions such as a mobile red lights, flaggers, a berm, and fence around the construction area.

The project is scheduled to begin in 2021.

“We just want to keep the community up to date with what we are doing,” Perry said. “We wanted to come out here and show what we are doing and be transparent.”

The noise ordinance was also brought up at the meeting by Pleasant Township resident, Mary Kerins.

According to Kerins, a rodeo took place at the end of June about a mile and a half away from her residence. She called the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to file a noise complaint against the rodeo.

“I live on Oakhurst and I could hear every word the man said over the loud speaker,” Kerins said. “I didn’t call until 11:15 p.m. and they were still going on. It was loud and it was late.”

She was told to bring the issue up with Pleasant Township officials. She was then forwarded to Prairie Township where she attended their township meeting as well to discuss the issue last week. Both Prairie Township and Pleasant Township have the same noise regulations.

According to Kerins, there were many noise complaints made that night. She wanted to make the trustees aware of the situation so something could be done to prevent this in the future.

“I think in that noise resolution there is something that addresses events that happen occasionally,” said Nancy Hunter, township trustee.

Hunter said the noise resolution would be looked into more thoroughly to address this issue.

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