A lot of memories are packed into Timothy Simm?s house. His daughter was born in the home, and he doesn?t want to move any time soon.
?If they chase me out of here, where am I going to go with my kids?? said Simms.
His property is one of fourteen the County is considering buying, because the current landfill only has room for roughly sixty more years worth of garbage.
?We sent a letter out out that just said ?Hey we?re thinking about this. We?d like to inform you of it and have a meeting and just tell you what we?re thinking, and hear back from you and see what are your issues, concerns, ideas.?? said Public Works Director Dave Prunty.
Simms says he certainly has concerns. On that list: A chunk of land across from his home. If the County expands the dump there, he?ll have a new neighbor that he doesn?t want.
?Who?s going buy this place, knowing that potentially, they?re going to be staring into a landfill.?
Simm?s next-door neighbor is just as frustrated. A retired man, Kim Schwegel, has been on his property since the mid eighties.
?You don?t live here that long without getting attached,? said Schwegel.
He started building a shop on his land, but he says he doesn?t feel like finishing it anymore.
?Just stress about it, where to go?We can?t afford to go anywhere.?
Prunty acknowledges an expansion may hurt the value of nearby homes.
?Nobody can deny, hey, you live next to a handfill, there?s going to be impacts. ?
But he says the County could try to minimize the effects by having a buffer area around the site and planting trees.
?We?ll do our best to mitigate all we can. When the wind blows, and the litter goes out, we go out and pick it up.?
Prunty says he hopes the solid waste board can make a decision on what to recommend to commissioners in the next year or two. In the meantime, Shchwegel and Simms will wait and see what happens.