Waco Council Studying Four Possible Landfill Sites

Consultants told the council that all four sites have promise, but they ranked the Old Lorena Road site near Highway 84 West as most suitable based on a range of criteria.

“None of (the sites) were bad,” SCS Engineers consultant Kevin Yard said. “Any one of them has potential. … All have their pros and cons. In all my years, I’ve never found a perfect site for a landfill.”

The council heard an analysis of the sites from Yard and Waco engineer Jed Walker in their open work session before heading into an executive session in which they got to see the potential sites for the first time. Those sites have not been made public, and some may not be able to be acquired without the power of eminent domain, consultants said.

The consultants started with 88 potential sites, including some that were not for sale and would have to be cobbled together from multiple properties. They threw out sites that have excessive wetlands or floodplains, that are more than 15 miles from the center of town or that are within 10,000 feet of an airport.

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