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October 21, 2004 Issue

Four departments respond...
Units from Wrens, Louisville, Hillcrest and Matthews respond to a fire Monday night that consumed a house on Zebina Road. No one was injured though one resident was treated and released. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

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County decides on landfill
Man arrested after pulling officer's gun

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County decides on landfill

Landfill should close when current cell is filled

By Ben Nelms
Staff Writer

Jefferson County commissioners made a landmark decision Oct. 12 when they voted to alter the course of the county's money-draining landfill. The motion adopted was one of five under consideration and, unless commissioners change their mind in the next 90 days, the landfill will close once the current cell is filled.

The issue of the fate of the county's Subtitle D solid waste municipal landfill had gone undecided since shortly after it opened in January 1999. Commissioners heard new figures on five possible options for the facility presented by County Administrator Paul Bryan at an Oct. 12 called meeting. The discussion continued later that evening at the commission's regular session where the board settled on Option 5, one of the least costly alternatives for Jefferson County residents and much less costly than keeping the landfill open.


The motion approved by commissioners read: "Continue to operate the inert landfill. Contract for private collection from (county) green boxes. Cease accepting (trash) at the Municipal Solid Waste Landfill after utilization of all available space (in the current cell). Operate one, manned convenience center at the current landfill (site). The Board of Commissioners will have the option of reconsidering the landfill operation after three months of implementation of Option 5 to determine the effectiveness of solid waste disposal in Jefferson County."

Using updated figures completed shortly before the Tuesday morning called meeting, the annual cost of Option 5 was established at $567,346, compared with the $946,000 annual cost of Option 1, which would keep the landfill open and continue to construct new cells. Adding to the higher cost of continuing to operate the landfill is the need to construct a new cell every two and one-half years at a cost of nearly $500,000. The annual cost of other options under consideration included closing the landfill and constructing a transfer station, at a minimum of $1.1 million, closing the landfill and providing countywide curbside trash at a minimum of $917,000 and closing the facility and providing no convenience center at $456,000. Each of the options called for continuing to operate the inert landfill.

The last sentence of the motion was added at the request of Commissioner Tommy New, who also cast the lone vote against the measure. The addition was added to provide commissioners with "wiggle room" in case unforeseen problems arise once the private hauler begins transporting green box trash out of the county. Bryan said Monday he expects to have bids available in November for commissioners' consideration.

All options other than keeping the landfill open rely largely on revenues generated by a user fee. The $567,346 required to fund Option 5 will come from a $131 per year, or approximately $11 per month, user fee contribution based on a per residence basis for the 4,328 residences in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County. Well known to commissioners but not acted on for the past four years is the fact that while county residents pay for the increasingly costly landfill through property taxes, city residents essentially pay double through property taxes and through garbage fees assessed by the various cities, for which a portion is used for tipping fees at the landfill. One of the benefits of Option 5 is that it would equalize the cost of waste removal for residents throughout the county, Bryan told commissioners.

If Option 5 is enacted and then closed, the user fee would replace the current ad valorem tax collections that currently funds this service, Bryan said.

Man arrested after pulling officer's gun

By Ben Nelms
Staff Writer

The job of an officer is often times routine. At other times an officer is fortunate to make it home at the end of the shift. Such was the case Monday when what began with serving a warrant for a failed court appearance resulted in a struggle with the officer's gun jammed in his stomach.

Stapleton resident Harry James NcNair, 51, of a School Street address, was charged with felony obstruction of an officer along with the original state court bench warrant after fighting with deputies, according to an investigator with the sheriff's office.


The incident began when a deputy arrived at McNair's residence in Stapleton to serve the bench warrant. The deputy was met near the residence by individuals who had called the sheriff's office complaining that McNair had not paid the remainder of the money he owed for a vehicle he had purchased from them. After approaching the house and knocking on the door, the deputy heard an elderly woman begin to yell, "Harry, get off me, you are hurting me," investigators said. Another voice was heard yelling in return, "Don't open that door. You know what will happen if you open the door for the police," the investigator reported.

The deputy at the scene heard what sounded like a struggle and the screams of a young child. The deputy called for backup. Before their arrival minutes later, someone inside the house turned up the television in an apparent effort to drown out the sounds inside the house, investigators said. When they arrived, the two deputies began to knock at the front door while the other deputy went around the house to the rear.

Responding to their knocking, the elderly woman, later identified as McNair's mother, opened the front door. When asked where McNair was located, the woman pointed to the rear of the house. Deputies found McNair hiding under a bed.

A struggle ensued after they pulled him from under the bed and attempted to apply handcuffs. During the struggle with deputies, McNair was able to free a deputy's handgun from its holster and gain partial control of the weapon. At one point McNair had hold of the grip end and one of the deputies had his hand on the barrel. The barrel of the gun was jammed into the deputy's stomach. The brief struggle continued until deputies could subdue McNair. During the struggle, McNair received superficial lacerations above his right eye and on top of his head, investigators said.

McNair was treated and released at Jefferson Hospital and was booked into Jefferson County jail. The deputies faced with the barrel of a gun earlier Monday ended their shifts and returned to their families.

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