Farmer complains to commissioners about dumpsters near her farm

A Grady County farmer is having issues with county dumpsters located near her farm and voiced her concerns to county commissioners Tuesday morning.
Commissioners heard from Diane Wilder Howard who is working to get her farm certified for organic produce. Mrs. Howard showed photos of the county dumpster site that sits adjacent to her farm on Hwy. 93, less than two miles from the Mitchell County line.
She said dumpsters often sit empty while trash litters the ground around it. She said that trash blows onto her farm, which threatens her ability to earn the organic certification.
Mrs. Howard asked commissioners to consider fencing in the site, or moving it to a nearby volunteer fire department.
Commissioners agreed to study the issue on her behalf and for the county as a whole. They said the matter would require the cooperation of Grady County Sheriff Harry Young and Grady County Magistrate Lawton Heard if the county is ever going to be successful in combating illegal dumping.
Commission Chairman LaFaye Copeland asked Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar to set up a work session for the commissioners, the sheriff and the magistrate to discuss the situation.

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