Kinsey transfer station proposal falls flat as residents speak against it

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KINSEY, Ala. (WDHN) — Many Kinsey residents and Wiregrass landmarks are celebrating after the town’s Planning and Zoning Board did not recommend bringing a garbage transfer station to town.

After no motion was made to rezone 5392 Headland Avenue, the request failed.

Throughout the meeting, several residents spoke against the transfer station citing smelliness, an increased amount of traffic and the degradation of the town itself.

Residents weren’t the only ones voicing their opposition; leaders from Dothan’s Botanical Gardens and Landmark Park also made their opinions known.

“We consider it a slap in the face,” said Dothan Area Botanical Garden Executive Director William Holman. “Having a garbage transfer station near us is going to absolutely wreck our outdoor rental business and probably visitation too.”

“We function as Alabama’s official museum of agriculture and we are afraid of what may happen if this comes to pass,” said Landmark Park’s Executive Director Laura Stakelum.

Yet, according to Mark Dunning Industries, Kinsey may have missed an opportunity to increase revenue from his proposal.

“It’s called a royalty fee for having the transfer station here,” said Mark Dunning Industries President Mark Dunning, “It’s anywhere from fifty cents to a dollar a ton, but it could amount to around 72 thousand (dollars) a year.”

Meanwhile, one Kinsey resident said he’s proud of his town’s victory.

“The people stood up and the people spoke up and the people won and I think it’s a great thing,” said Kinsey resident Tommy Ferguson. “You don’t need a garbage dump in your backyard.”

Dunning told News 18 there are no hard feelings and he will continue looking for areas to develop.

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