Sorrento passes resolution to object BFI permit

Brandie Richardson

Many gathered at Sorrento Town Hall for the first council meeting of 2017 to object to the BFI Colonial Landfill permit renewal request and expansion.

"All of our property values are going to go to pot," said one of eight frustrated residents. "They can't control what they have now, I can't imagine how they are going to control something bigger than they have now."

"I know that no one likes to live next to a landfill," said Karla Swacker from Republic Services who spoke on behalf of Colonial Landfill." We try to operate our landfill as safely and as consciously as possible, and that included following all state and federal regulations."

Swacker pledged to work with officials, DEQ and residents to find the source of the odor and work to fix the problem.

The council unanimously voted for a resolution to object the BFI permit.

In other news, an ordinance was introduced to revise the current zoning ordinances of the Town of Sorrento. A public hearing on the revisions will be held Feb. 7.

The police report for the month of November was given. During the month there was a total of 91 calls, consisting of 14 burglaries, 12 alarm calls, 10 vehicle accidents, two thefts, two ordinance calls and two adult arrests.

A 2005 Ford pick-up was declared surplus. The vehicle has a damaged transmission and rear end, said Mayor Mike Lambert.

The next Sorrento council meeting will be held Feb. 7.