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Foxhole Debate Returns To Ballantyne For Public Hearing Tonight

Mecklenburg County officials go back to Ballantyne tonight to try and ease the concerns of residents who live near the county-owned Foxhole Landfill. Neighbors are uneasy with the county's decision to spend millions readying the landfill for more trash. The county's first meeting with Ballantyne residents who live near the Foxhole Landfill devolved into shouts and boos. Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Director Bruce Gledhill hopes to improve the tone of tonight's public meeting on the Foxhole with a bit of good news. He has since received an offer from the operators of the Speedway Landfill in Concord to extend the county's trash disposal contract for an extra year after it expires next June. Gledhill says the contract would "fill the gap year between the end of the current contract and the time the ReVenture project could be operational - if we chose to go forward with the ReVenture project." The ReVenture project aims to build a power plant fueled by the county's household garbage. But those plans have run into delays, so solid waste officials have begun preparing the county's own Foxhole Landfill in Ballantyne to receive household waste. Nearby residents are outraged, saying they were promised the landfill would only be for construction and demolition debris. Gledhill says the county now has a solid alternative to keep sending garbage to the Speedway Landfill. However, the county still plans to spend $15 million to get the Foxhole ready for more waste. And it's still a possible site for the ash and leftovers from ReVenture's power plant. Tonight's public hearing begins at 7 p.m. at Elon Park Elementary and will also be streamed live on the county's website.