Compost back at council

Summerland council will debate Monday allowing the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen onto its landfill to carry out testing for a controversial proposed regional compost facility.

With Coun. Erin Carlson on maternity leave and Coun. Richard Barkwill on vacation, council punted the decision in August to ensure everyone could weigh in.

Now fully staffed, council will decide if it should allow technical studies to take place on the landfill to determine the feasibility of the compost plant.

Council will hear from a vocal contingent of residents who are calling for the district to slam the door in the face of the RDOS. In addition to a bevy of letters, a petition of 240 signatures opposed to the compost plant will be presented to council.

Opponents have been organizing, with lawn signs popping up in front of homes in recent weeks. Concerns revolves around additional truck traffic, smell and leachate.

The RDOS selected Summerland as the prefered site for a needed compost facility following an extensive period of public consultation and debate. The board also voted to take the second choice of RDOS staff — an entirely new facility in Marron Valley — off the table when they selected Summerland.

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