Monday, June 6, 2005

Newkirk, Oklahoma


The Board of County Commissioners of Kay County, Oklahoma, met in special session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6, 2005, in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Kay County Courthouse (moved to Courtroom B), Newkirk, Oklahoma.  Notice of the meeting was posted for public information on June 2, 2005, at the Courthouse front door, Commissioners Court, and basement handicapped entrance of the Kay County Courthouse in Newkirk, Oklahoma.


Chairman Wilson called the meeting to order.  Those present were as follows: Laile Wilson, Chairman; Wayne Leven, Member; Dee Schieber, Member; Will Clark, Assistant District Attorney; Everette Van Hoesen, Kay County Sheriff; Ericka McPherson, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Department (OKFB); Orva Rothgeb, Jo Reinert, and Dirk Kramer, Kay County Concerned Citizens (KCCC); Jeff Shepherd, Shepherd Engineering Design Company; Derek Hardberger, Attorney;  Richard and Edith Denton, and Gaylord Ford, Proponents for Landfill; Wayne White, Newkirk Herald Journal; Shannon Muchmore, Ponca City News; Charles Abbott, Blackwell Journal Tribune;  Tammy Reese, County Clerk/Secretary (see sign in sheet). 


Chairman Wilson opened the floor by stating some ground rules for the meeting on the Proposed Landfill Regulations.  Wilson stated that all citizens would get the opportunity to speak.  He said that a tentative time frame would be set mentioning that in two weeks the Assistant District Attorney would have Regulations drafted and will allow one week for the Commissioners to review.  He went on to say that at the end of the three week period the public may view the Regulations and will be available to review for a 30 day period.  The Commissioners will attempt to vote on the policy in the fourth week time frame.


Mr. Richard Denton, one of the owners of Dillworth Development, began by saying the KCCC’s are right about the fact that he is in it to make money.  He said his dream is this proposed facility.  “It will create quality jobs and be good for the county.  It will be a model facility – top of the line.” 


Mr. Jeff Shepherd, Engineer for Dillworth Development said their mission is to help the county grow.  He stated that this is a great business opportunity and it would offer many jobs with high pay.  He said this will be a state-of-the-art facility.  He said the landfill would not accept hazardous waste or waste from anywhere outside a 65-mile radius around the site.  He also stated they will not accept trash from the East Coast.  Shepherd passed out samples of the material that would be used for the liner and stated that the landfill would meet DEQ requirements.  Shepherd said the landfill will have a leachate collection system to keep waste from seeping into the ground.  He showed a conceptual drawing of a landfill that had such a covering.  He said there would be a chain link fence and a wind-blown fence and that the trash around the site would be picked up daily.


The KCCC group questioned the number of jobs the landfill would create and asked what they expected to pay.  The answer was the landfill would employee 5-6 people with starting pay around $12-$14 an hour. 


Joe Reinert, KCCC, said he was concerned that the landfill will contaminate the Chikaskia River and many people fish along that river.  He said that fluids from landfills contain many poisonous materials.  He wants the commissioners to require any new landfill site in the county to be five miles from a source of drinking water.  He also wants the commissioners to put liability insurance coverage on the Dillworth landfill and all future landfills that might be put in Kay County.  He suggested $50 million in liability insurance coverage.


Ericka McPherson, OKFB, expressed concerns that the majority of the waste would be coming from Kansas, since Davis Sanitation and the Ponca City landfills had plenty of space for the next 100 years for the citizens of Kay County.  She also urged Dillworth to do an economic analysis of how the landfill would affect county road maintenance.  She asked who would maintain the roads and what the cost would be. 

Orva Rothgeb, KCCC, said she knew of three groups that had decided against moving to Kay County because of the possibility of a landfill in this area.  She told the commissioners, “You were elected to represent all of the citizens of Kay County, not just two families.”


Chairman Wilson thanked everyone for coming and for their concern.  He said each of the commissioners is taking this very seriously.


There being no other business, motion was made by Schieber and seconded by Leven to adjourn.   Motion carried:  Wilson, aye; Leven, aye; Schieber, aye.











Approved this 13th day of June, 2005.









                                                            DEE SCHIEBER, MEMBER