Franklin County Commissioners have officially begun planning for future solid waste disposal needs.
Last week the board agreed to begin planning for the expansion of the landfill and expect updates from the solid waste director every 60 days.
County commissioners agreed they don't have a lot of time to get their plans in place, especially when you consider the environmental studies and other steps that will have to be taken.
The board feels the current space could be filled in the next 7 to 10 years.
If there are big storms the space could be filled more quickly – in the year after Hurricane Michael the landfill handled 4 times more construction and demolition debris that it would normally see, taking up a huge amount of space.
Commission chairmen Ricky Jones pointed out that it is not a question of if, but when.
There are potential expansion sites; the state owns some land adjacent to the landfill, and Eastpoint Water And Sewer owns property across the street that will be considered.