Sunny Farms Landfill hearing to begin July 29

A hearing regarding Sunny Farms Landfill’s operating license has been set to begin at 9:30 a.m. July 29 in the basement conference room of the Seneca County General Health District building, 71 S. Washington St.

Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer said the hearing is expected to last three or four days.

The hearing is the result of a health board vote Feb. 28 to approve a resolution to issue a notice of intent to deny the landfill’s operating license for its facility at 12500 W. CR 18, Fostoria.

In response, Sunny Farms personnel sent a notice to the board March 29 requesting a hearing on the matter, and the health board appointed Peter Precario as hearing officer April 10.

Since then, attorneys for both sides have been handling legal matters.

The purpose of the hearing is to allow Precario to hear testimony about why the board chose to issue an intent to deny an operating permit, the issues involved and other information pertinent to the case.

The issue of odors coming from the landfill first was brought up to the board at its December 2018 meeting when the board was scheduled to consider renewal of the landfill’s operating license. A reported 80 residents crowded the meeting room, spilling into the hallway outside to voice their opposition to renewing the license.

In response to the numbers of people with concerns the board voted to postponed the vote.

A short time later, the health department scheduled a public meeting for Jan. 30, which was later delayed until Feb. 13, to hear questions from the public and gather information.

During the public forum, residents filled Columbian High School auditorium to get questions answered at the meeting organized by the health department. Agencies taking part in the question-and-answer session were landfill management, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Health Department, Seneca County General Health District and Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Joint Solid Waste District.