Waste Worries Enterprise Neighborhood

Residents in one Enterprise neighborhood are in fear of possible pollutants. More than three-dozen folks have signed a petition asking that human waste not be processed near their homes.

Reverend Lyndon Baker and his neighbors along Coone Street fear a planned septic waste process will pollute the air, and their water.

Recently, Reverend Baker learned that a local company plans to install machinery, which takes in human waste, then liquefies it.

The site is a wooded area adjacent to Baker's home. He fears bacteria will be released in the community. His young grandchildren are often at the house.

"A neighborhood where children play in the streets; what they are proposing is to turn this neighborhood into some septic tank, waste dump," Reverend Baker said.

At the Enterprise City Council meeting, residents in the affected area asked for help from local officials.

Resident Ronnie Coone said, "Like you say, ‘you don't want this type of thing in your neighborhood’; we don't either, so if you can find a way and help us keep it out."

City Council member say they sympathize with the residents, but they can't do anything about it.

City Council members say the matter is out of their hands. These concerns must be raised with local and state health officials.

Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell said, "Our hands our tied. We understand your dilemma, but really we can't do anything about it, at least for now."

Neighborhood residents plan to fight the placement of a device, which will liquefy human waste material.

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