People in Kinsey voice concerns over possible garbage transfer station

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KINSEY, Ala. (WTVY) - Property owners in Kinsey are fighting a proposal to rezone the former Goober Drive-In property.

A business owner is asking the zoning board for permission to build a garbage transfer station.

Mark Dunning Industries collects trash in parts of Dothan, Newville, Kinsey and Headland.

The trash is then taken to the Coffee County landfill.

A transfer station would mean 18-25 trucks would pull in and transfer the garbage to 3 or 4 much larger trucks, which would then more efficiently take it to the landfill.

People in that area aren't exactly excited at the thought of garbage trucks coming in and out all day long.

"I've been on the board for possibly three years, never had a meeting like this," said Kinsey Planning and Zoning Board Chairman Kerry Laseter.

The Kinsey Planning and Zoning Board had no shortage of questions from a crowd anxious to hear more about a potential garbage transfer station.

Mark Dunning Industries has owned the property of the old Goober Drive-In for more than a decade, and he's hoping to use it to bolster his garbage collection service.

"He's wanting to put something there that does not fit the criteria of general commercial, so it would have to be rezoned," said Laseter.

Before the planning and zoning board made any decisions, they wanted to give people who live nearby a chance to learn more about how it may affect them.

One of the main concerns with building the transfer station where the old drive-in was is that the Dothan Area Botanical gardens is just a few hundred yards southwest of the property.

"It seems like a really awkward position to put all of us in to have to deal with a garbage transfer station," said the Owner of Bud’s ‘n Blossoms Nursery Rhoda Boone.

Dunning told the crowd the facility would be enclosed, and the trash wouldn't sit there for more than 15 minutes as it’s transferred to a bigger truck.

He says all run off would go in to a 2,000 gallon tank which would be drained anytime it got full, but that information alone wasn't enough to cool their concerns.

"I think Mark Dunning is a fine man and I trust him, but when something like this goes in, it's too late to make any changes and you can't control it,” said Boone. “I'd rather control it now."

Dunning mentioned the transfer station would create a half a dozen jobs and the city would receive a stipend from the profits.

If the planning and zoning board approves the zoning change, there will be a public hearing ultimately followed by a final vote by the Kinsey City Council.