Citizens complain, company withdraws composite site plans

Composting center proposed in Jefferson Township. (WDTN Photo/Maytal Levi)
Composting center proposed in Jefferson Township. (WDTN Photo/Maytal Levi)

JEFFERSON TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – In one hour, the plans of Fullmer’s Landscaping crumbled.

Thursday, the company was met with more than 40 concerned citizens who attended the township’s zoning commission’s public hearing.

“They want to bring another dump site. Either composite or a dump. Please, don’t. I beg of you,” pled one woman, who says spent all her life in the township and hopes to keep it that way without the facility.

The company’s owner, Kent Fullmer presented his plans, despite the pushback he knew he would receive.

They were revised plans and he had high hopes for them.

“We want to be good neighbors in the community and if we can’t do that then we better find a community that we can take the business to that will be pleased with that,” Fullmer explained.

The company is currently located in Trotwood, just outside the limits of Jefferson Township.

But, the landscaper applied for a township zoning change that would bring a compost plant to farmland and other nearby areas in the township.

It would have been built in 2 phases.

But those phases quickly met the trash can, and part of that to do with the company’s problems.

Already, Fullmer’s has its issues piled up, just like its trash.

EPA and county officials found the landscaping company has several violations, and residents are clear they don’t want that in their backyard.

“There’s nobody here that wants it,” one man proclaimed. “Nobody but Fullmer’s.”

Another resident echoed that sentiment,”With Mr. Fullmer’s past disregard of the law,” she detailed. “Nothing should be accepted or considered until that site is properly cleaned up.”

Others say they’re worried about their quality of life being altered dramatically.

“We bought out here to turn around and have a nice quiet area,” one man described. “Not have trucks and equipment running all night long.”

After hearing resident’s concerns, Fullmer readdressed the crowd.

He withdrew his application completely, but despite pleasing many, some still had other questions.

“What would it take to write zones,” asked one local? “So that we don’t continue to have people coming into our community wanting to bring a compost site, a dump site, a recycle site?”

Zoning official, Jeff Payne says the township is already working to bring her an answer by redefining land use.

A survey will be sent to the community for their input on what type of businesses can move into the area.

That survey process should be completed by mid April.

In the meantime, while the township regroups, Fullmer’s is headed back to the drawing to find a new home for it’s site.

Fullmer’s also promised to address issues raised Thursday about its current site.

No timeline on when that work will begin.

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