Landowner appeals landfill denial by Amite County officials

Published 8:11 pm Saturday, April 15, 2017

LIBERTY (AP) — A southwest Mississippi landowner is appealing an Amite County decision denying him permission to build a landfill. The Enterprise-Journal reports that landowner Don Alford filed the appeal Wednesday in Amite County Circuit Court.

County supervisors voted 5-0 on April 3 to reject an amendment to the county’s solid waste plan that would have allowed a 195-acre landfill.

The appeal says supervisors didn’t discuss the issue after a public hearing or give any reasons for their decision, describing it as “arbitrary and capricious.”

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Alford’s lawyer also states that the landowner faced unfair conditions in his presentation to supervisors, saying a hostile crowd interrupted or drowned out presenters, that proponents only got 20 minutes to present their case, and that the opposition’s lawyer benefited from a louder microphone than proponents.