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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  • by cc on Apr 18, 2008 at 11:51 AM
    I don't have a dog in this race, nor do I know anything about the neighborhood where they want to put this mess, but I'll just hazard a wild guess that it isn't near any of the more afluent neighborhoods. It reminds one of the garbage barge many years ago that no one wanted and it kept floating around getting rejected. It might be still floating and I've a feeling that this isn't going to go away for these folks either unless someone jumps in the middle of it all and offers them a helping hand. I was raised in poverty - am still poor, but oh how I wish I had a law degree and money to live on while I helped in the fight. My sympathy is with them just on general principles.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2008 at 05:21 AM
    Do You really think they will show up for Supper? And stay till the STUFF Hits the FAN?
  • by CC Location: Hartford on Apr 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM
    "our hands are tied" has to be the most used excuse in the course of human history. If I had a hundred dollars for times I have had it used in a troublesome situation, I wouldn't be worried about paying my bills. Around here it's chicken manure ,usually spreaded when the wind is blowing and so strong with ammonia it makes ones' eyes water. If the residents can figure out a way to hit the city gov't in the pocketbook, I think it would "untie" their proverbial hands. A better suggestion is to invite them in for supper and a spend the night party when it all hits the fan.
  • by Bill Location: Enterprise on Apr 17, 2008 at 08:20 AM
    Enterprise city leaders will do anything to increase the influx of funds & spur urban sprawl. The sprawl will eventually force Ft Rucker to look elsewhere which will turn the "City of Progress" into a ghost town. At a time of tax rebates, high gas prices and a sinking economy, Enterprise is the only entity in the country that is RAISING taxes.
  • by Our Hands are Tied on Apr 17, 2008 at 05:53 AM
    This is a sure sign that the "City of Progress" is making headway. Just keep in mind "Can't Never Could Do Anything" Action is called for especially by the City Government to find a solution to this problem,come on!! Show some Progress!! Septic Waste is all about making money for this service it would seem with the high charge for Septic Waste Treatment a more remote location could be established.
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