Wenasoga residents push anti-landfill petitions

BY LENA MITCHELL
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Wenasoga community residents who oppose plans for a county landfill on Forrest School Road presented a stack of signed petitions to the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors during its regular meeting Monday.

The petitions contained about 700 names of registered county voters, said spokeswoman Lisha Hinton Hopper.

Although the community group opposes placing the landfill on 127 acres of property the county owns on Forrest School Road, the petition also asks that any alternate site the county chooses be located in a remote area with the fewest possible residences nearby.

Several supervisors said they have looked at alternate locations, but the board voted to postpone discussion and a vote on the issue.

Hopper questioned the board about whether the matter could be placed as a referendum on the general election ballot.

State law requires that a petition to place a referendum on the ballot be signed by at least 15 percent or 1,500 qualified electors of the county, whichever is less, and be presented more than 60 days in advance of the election, which would be early September for the Nov. 4 general election.

Records in the Circuit Clerk's office show that Alcorn County has about 20,000 registered voters, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Contact Daily Journal Corinth Bureau reporter Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.