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County Residents speak against proposed dumping site
Tyler County Booster - March 2009
Steve Fontenot, land owner & operator of Dragon Waste Solutions, has petitioned for a permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). If granted, this permit would allow Fontenot to spread lime treated septage waste over 17 acres of his 40 acre tract off Hwy 69 S on the Triple D Guest Ranch Road. Neighbors of Fontenot’s property are vigorously protesting the granting of this TCEQ permit. John Francis Maring is passionately spearheading this effort. The property of Maring and Torey Sedgewick is next to Fontenot and they fear runoff will adversely affect their property. In a well attended public hearing, many posed questions and made emotional comments in protest of this request. County Judge Jacques Blanchette had requested this public hearing with TCEQ and Fontenot after Maring and others had contacted his office expressing grave concern over this permit request filed by Fontenot. Jack Walston, Commissioner of the precinct where the proposed site is located, along with Constables Jim Zachary and Garry Mattingly, Deputy Constable Terry Riley, Sheriff David Hennigan, Assistant District Attorney Lou Cloy and Woodville’s Police Chief Scott Yosko were on hand for the three hour meeting, as well as, County Judge Blanchette. A representative from the office of State Representative Jim McReynold was also present to record the concerns voiced by the local residents. Tyler County Appraisal District Chief Eddie Chalmers stated that property values would definitely be impacted by the granting of this permit. It would be required to disclose the presence of this activity to property purchasers in that area. Several expressed health concerns associated with this method of septage disposal. Several of the local elected and appointed officials at the Thursday night meeting met Friday to discuss ways they might help citizens should the permit be granted. It was mutually agreed by the group that civil means should be sought and individual rights preserved. The group added that keeping citizens informed about the process was crucial.