OXFORD – The only two people who voiced opinions about the potential expansion of the city of Oxford’s rubbish site were two adjoining landowners who say the site and the garbage transfer station within its bounds are a plague to them.
Officials from the city and Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority, along with project engineers, held a state-required public hearing Tuesday as part of the process of someday adding another 20-acre cell to the rubbish site at the end of County Road 308.
Erik Jones of Williams Engineering said both the city and the county have approved the expansion, although it is several years away yet.
“The current pit is expected to last another eight years, and this cell is expected to last about 30 years,” Jones said.
Sanitation Superintendent Amberlyn Liles said the rubbish site is used largely to bury limbs and consumer-generated construction waste. Commercial construction waste is supposed to be hauled to Three Rivers Landfill in Pontotoc County.
Kaye Bryant owns land on both sides of the winding road leading to the transfer station and rubbish site.
“That road now is used as a dumpsite,” she said. “I’m talking appliances, mattresses, car tires. If we add to it, it’s only going to exacerbate a problem that is already out of hand. I’ve had a lot of trouble with trespassers going over the berm and with illegal hunting. I’m totally opposed to any enlargement of the dump.”
Jones said a suggestion that Oxford and Lafayette County take their rubbish to Pontotoc was not feasible.
“State law requires every county to have a rubbish disposal site,” he said.
Bryant left the meeting with no encouragement that solutions are in sight.
“I don’t think there’s anything you can do to alleviate our problem other than putting armed guards out there,” she said, “and I don’t see that happening.”