Residents concerned over garbage center’s negative effects on property values

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KINSEY, Ala. (WDHN) — Residents packed into the Kinsey Senior Center as a special called meeting was in session.

Many of them are not too happy with the idea of a garbage transfer center just minutes away from the botanical area.

“I don’t know if anybody has been out there lately, but y’all need to go out there and look at the old Gobberdrive Inn,” one resident said. “The grass hasn’t been cut since Mark quit doing refugee out there, it has grown up — its rodents out. How is he going to improve that much when he puts garbage out there”

“For the heavy amount of traffic that’s going in and out and the heavy so my question is who will repair the road when it tears it up?” said another. “Not if when but when it does.”

A source gave WDHN a recording from the planning and zoning meeting that was opened to the public.

“So the Sept. 12 at 6:45 will be the public call meeting,” one town official said. “If no one shows up, then you’re good to go.”

Kinsey Planning and Zoning meeting

MDI owner Mark Dunning explained how the center will work.

“What happened with the transfer station is the trucks will back up and dump on the floor of this building,” Mark Dunning said. “Inside of the building, there will be a big rubber tire loader. There will be a transfer loader. The loader will pick up and put it in the trailer, and the trailer will go to the landfill.”

If the transfer/garbage center is approved, it will consist of 15-25 trucks.

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