Carolina Beach town council members are encouraging CB residents to attend a board workshop Wednesday at 6 p.m. The goal is to get more input on the Bridge Barrier Road waste station issue.
For folks who live near Bridge Barrier Road, the new waste station, activated earlier this year, is just beyond their backyards.
Some people are even considering moving away if town leaders don't do anything about the problem.
It started last year, when officials at Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal forced leaders in Carolina Beach to move the town's waste station off military property. The reason – it was located within the terminal's blast zone.
A neighbor says the new site, located next the town's post office, was okay during the winter months. However, warmer weather has given the trash a new odor -- which some say is unbearable to neighbors.
Patrick Boykin retired to his home on Glenn Avenue in December.
"I chose Carolina Beach because it's quiet and it appealed to me," said Boykin.
Boykin did not know the town would change the view from his backyard, re-locating its waste station on the other side of his fence.
"If I would have known, I would have reconsidered moving here," said Boykin. "On days when it gets 90 degrees, the smell is just atrocious."
He says the smell isn't the only problem.
"It's noisy with trucks backing up and the bells and the sounds," said Boykin. "It happens all day every day. It's just annoying."
Boykin has gone to the last 3 council meetings to voice his concerns.
"I'm trying to be patient but it's starting to wear thin," said Boykin.
Over the past few months, town leaders have spent about $30,000 on landscaping to block the view of the trash center but Boykin says the trees aren't doing their jobs.
"The placement of the trees doesn't help me," said Boykin. "I'm still staring at a compactor."
Town Manager, Michael Cramer says they're currently looking at three different locations off Dow Road to move the waste center. The new locations are all located within the town's industrial zone, away from residential areas.
Carolina Beach already spent approximately $140,000 to move the waste station to its current location.
Moving forward, Cramer estimates that it will cost between $140-175,000 to move it again. Additionally, the town would have to pay for the cost of the new property they choose
"I think it could affect people's property values if this problem is not rectified," said Boykin. "It's time to take action. Who wants it in their backyard? Not in my backyard!"
According to Cramer, there's no word yet on whether or not taxes will need to be raised.
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