Biosolids Workshop June 8, 2021 (SEE WORKSHOP VIDEO HERE & PALATKA DAILY NEWS ARTICLE HERE):
⠂More than 30 people attended and a dozen people spoke in opposition of Class B Biosolids/Sewage Sludge dumping in Putnam County, including Lisa Rinaman, a representative of St. Johns Riverkeeper, and Ellen Murray, PhD, who is an infectious disease consultant for the University of Florida and formerly with the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
⠂Commissioners opposed the application of Class B Biosolids/Sewage Sludge at 373 Old Highway 17, but are not able to take action because it is a decision to be made by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
⠂It is unclear what the benefit of the site is to Putnam County. Ordinance Sec. 18-50, states that “all hazardous waste generators located in the county shall pay an annual fee for assessment, notification and verification, per site, to the county board of county commissioners.” See the full ordinance here:
⠂All commissioners were in favor of instituting a cost-free appeal process following decisions by the Zoning Board of Adjustment regarding Biosolids/Sewage Sludge. However, it was later determined by the county attorney that the appeal process is not allowable.
⠂Another result of the biosolids workshop was that a meeting was set up for the public to learn about the efforts of State Representative Bobby Payne with the application of Biosolids/Sewage Sludge on July 29 at South Putnam Church.