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first_img By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “Under Alabama law, you have a landfill permit to operate a landfill. To get a landfill permit, you have to have host government approval,” Thomas said. “This host government agreement reflects the conditions under which host government approval was granted.”Thomas said the host government agreement provides the citizens of Brundidge with a number of benefits.“To name a few, it gives our citizens free waste disposal at the landfill,” he said. “It creates a fund for road maintenance and litter control and it provides the city with an important revenue stream, thanks to the per-ton host government fee for each ton of waste received.”Perhaps, most important, Thomas said the agreement provides Brundidge with ongoing information and oversight of the landfill’s operations. Photo by Jaine TreadwellLandfill, town in limboThe gates of the Brundidge Landfill on the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 231 have been closed since mid-June, and Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas cannot hide his frustration.“For 25 years, the City of Brundidge has recognized the environmental need and economic potential of having a modern landfill operating in our city,” Thomas said. “And, unlike many communities, we’ve supported the operation of such a landfill within our city limits.” Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content But now, the privately owned landfill sits shuttered. And the City of Brundidge sits on the sidelines as judicial proceedings determine its fate – and the future of what has been a significant source of revenue for Brundidge.The landfill historyThe Brundidge Landfill is owned by Brundidge Landfill LLC and was operated under a permit issued by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and a host government agreement between the landfill owners and the Brundidge Solid Waste Disposal Authority. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “If there’s a proposed variance in its permit or a problem, we’re made aware of it,” he said.Now, that host government agreement is in jeopardy.“After a period of financial struggles, as they tried to operate the landfill on a regional scale, Brundidge Landfill LLC and its parent company TLA-Brundidge LLC filed for bankruptcy in June 2012 in federal bankruptcy court in New Jersey,” Thomas said.With the landfill in bankruptcy, liquidation proceedings ultimately began, Thomas said.“The bankruptcy estate’s trustee sought to sell the landfill to pay off the creditors of the bankrupt companies,” he said. “Recognizing the limitations created by the host government agreement, they asked the bankruptcy court to void that agreement should the landfill be successfully sold.”If the agreement is voided, then everything underlying the City of Brundidge’s host government approval is null and void, Thomas said. “And, that means the ADEM permit, which means no landfill. And that may be just what they – Coffee County – wants.”The Coffee County variableThomas said that the Coffee County line is eight miles south of Brundidge, the way the crow flies.“Right now, the bankruptcy trustee is working to sell the landfill to a company called Brundidge Acquisitions, LLC,” Thomas said. “Brundidge Acquisitions is relying on funding from Coffee County to finance the purchase of the landfill.”On Oct. 17, 2012, the Coffee County Commission authorized the issue of up to $6 million in financing to Brundidge Acquisitions to enable it to acquire the landfill. It also entered into a project agreement with Brundidge Acquisitions to govern the use of any such funds.With its assurance of financing in hand, on Dec. 18, 2012, Brundidge Acquisitions agreed to purchase the landfill from the bankruptcy estate for $4 million. The court approved the agreement, contingent upon there being no other offers for the landfill that were less than $250,000 more than the Brundidge Acquisition offer, Thomas said.“Of course there were no other offers,” Thomas said. “The City of Brundidge has looked at the landfill and considered buying it. Other private companies have looked at the landfill. No one who is serious about it seems to think it’s worth much more than $1 million. So, why is Coffee County willing to spend almost four times what the landfill is worth?”The answer should be obvious, the Brundidge city manager said.“Look at the map,” Thomas said. “You have the Coffee County Landfill, which collects disposal fees for Coffee County. You have major sources of waste in Troy and, between them, you have our landfill. Basically, they are a competitor and Coffee County wants to shut us down.”Thomas said the Coffee County interests are either going to acquire the Brundidge landfill and divert waste to their landfill or destroy the City of Brundidge’s landfill permit over the course of an unsuccessful acquisition process.“Either way, their landfill will end up with the waste volumes,” Thomas said.Thomas said that he doesn’t understand why Coffee County’s citizens support paying four times what the landfill is worth.“Something just doesn’t add up,” he said. “It’s hardly the stuff of being good neighbors, which is something we’ve always tried to be.“And, this will hurt, not just our town’s revenues, but our citizens, who are facing the likelihood of increased collection and disposal costs.”The wait for resolutionThe landfill issue became so contentious that the City of Brundidge filed a lawsuit on Jan. 31, 2013, seeking a declaratory judgment that Alabama law prohibits a county from acquiring property in another county, much less in another city in another county.Another lawsuit, which was filed a week earlier, demanded that the Southeast Alabama Solid Waste Disposal Authority, of which Coffee County is a member, stop collecting waste in Brundidge for disposal at the Coffee County Landfill.“Alabama law is crystal clear in this regard,” Thomas said. “An authority cannot operate within a municipality without that municipality’s approval. We’ve told the authority that on several occasions and we finally had to file a lawsuit.”When questioned as to why the City of Brundidge doesn’t buy the landfill, Thomas was quick to answer.“Look, we’ve tried talking directly with the creditors and we’ve tried talking with the bankruptcy trustee,” he said. “But they are all fixated on this pie-in-the-sky idea of a $4 million purchaser out there for a $1 million landfill. So, they aren’t talking to anyone else.“But that $4 million dog isn’t going to hunt because Alabama law does not allow another county to underwrite the purchase of property in my town. And, it doesn’t allow a landfill to be operated after the host government agreement has been unilaterally rejected by the owner.”In the event Thomas is wrong and Brundidge Acquisitions can acquire the landfill, then that’s an even bigger issue for Alabama, Thomas said.“If that’s the case and a landfill can simply go bankrupt and then re-open without a host government agreement remaining in place, then it calls the whole host government approval process into question,” Thomas said. “And is that what ADEM wants? Is that what the people want?” By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Print Article You Might Like Seussical celebration Garrett left, and Hunter Hatfield were Thing One and Thing Two, but they could not buckle their shoe. 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NSA assures of a successful Ghana-Sudan World Cup qualifier

first_imgThe National Sports Authority (NSA) has met stakeholders to discuss and institute measures aimed at ensuring a successful 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Ghana and Sudan at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.About 40,000 spectators are expected to throng the Stadium, necessitating measures to protect lives and property before, during and after the match.Mr. Saka Acquaye, Ashanti Regional Sports Director, told newsmen in Kumasi that the venue was noted for its friendly atmosphere and as such it was imperative that preparations were put in place.In all, he said, a total of 190 police personnel including officers, as well as a team of security personnel from the National Security, Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and Ghana National Fire Service would be on hand to maintain order.In addition, a team of medical personnel drawn from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), paramedics and the National Ambulance Service would also be detailed to attend to emergencies.The GNA Sports gathered that the NSA was in serious discussion with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) as to how best the Stadium could be provided with an uninterrupted power. When Ghana hosted Lesotho at the same venue last year, the game was abandoned temporarily due to power cut to the floodlights.last_img read more

Donegal jewellery maker uncovers treasures from the sea

first_imgPortsalon-based jewellery maker Helen Haworth is set to bring hidden treasures from the famous Donegal beach to a national stage next week, when she exhibits her range of Donegal Seaglass jewellery at the National Crafts and Design Fair in Dublin’s RDS.The beautiful jewellery pieces are made from sea glass and sea pottery collected from the beach at Portsalon, making every piece a unique treasure from the shores of Donegal.Before they head to Dublin though, Helen is holding a special stall preview of the jewellery in Portsalon this weekend at Portsalon Luxury Camping, Cashelpreaghan, and there will be chances to win tickets to the fair in Dublin. “I started collecting sea glass and sea pottery soon after moving here,” said Helen who is originally from Shropshire in England.“There is so much history around this part of the Donegal coast. There have been many shipwrecks in Lough Swilly and the stormy Atlantic throws up new pieces every day. I love the fact that every piece is unique and every piece has its own story.”Helen moved to Donegal in 2010 after meeting her partner Sean.“Together we renovated the old farmhouse built by Sean’s granddad, which we now live in. We also set up a tourism business – Portsalon Luxury Camping – and rent out five fantastic yurts overlooking the ocean,” she added. In the off-season Helen keeps busy, not only managing bookings for the now-famous Donegal yurt site, but also by making the range of jewellery that is distinctively Donegal.“None of the sea glass and sea pottery is altered in any way, apart from the drilling of a small hole to accommodate a chain. The Atlantic Ocean has already worked its magic on these pieces and has turned them into real treasures from Donegal.Every piece of glass or pottery is unique and I just try to choose the most interesting and smoothest pieces to turn into these custom-made jewellery treasures.”The National Crafts and Design Fair runs from November 30 to December 4 in the Main Hall at Dublin’s RDS and Helen explains she was encouraged to attend thanks to support from Donegal Local Enterprise Office who have provided business mentoring and some assistance with the costs of attending such a prestigious event.Helen is now hoping that the jewellery, including such pieces as ‘Jewels from the Sea’ and ‘Mermaids Tears’ will cause quite a stir among those attending. “It is the biggest craft fair in Ireland and I’m hopeful the jewellery will appeal to people looking for a really exclusive gift. Hopefully people from Donegal who have friends or family in Dublin who might attend the fair will let them know we’ll be there as well.”Lots of people from Donegal will travel to Dublin for the fair, but there will also be an opportunity to see the exclusive pieces in Portsalon this weekend.“We’re holding a stall preview in Portsalon from 12 noon until 6pm on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November when we’ll have a 10% Donegal discount, plus free mulled wine and mince pies and a free prize draw for complimentary tickets to the RDS National Crafts and Design Fair.”Helen, who also sells online at – etsy.com/shop/Donegalseaglass/ – says she hopes the custom nature of the pieces will prove a big attraction. “People are often looking for something special and truly unique as a gift at this time of the year and my jewellery falls into that category. No two pieces are the same so they really are small and authentic piece of Donegal which has been collected and crafted with love.”Donegal jewellery maker uncovers treasures from the sea was last modified: November 23rd, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:jewelleryPortsalonlast_img read more