Judge denies request to dismiss landfill lawsuit - KXXV Central Texas News Now

Judge denies request to dismiss landfill lawsuit

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A McLennan County judge has denied a request to dismiss a lawsuit citizens brought against the city over a lawsuit involving a landfill. 

Citizens to Save Lake Waco filed a lawsuit in February in an attempt to stop a new landfill from being built next to the current site on Old McGregor Road and Highway 84. 

In Aug. 2016, the Waco City Council approved a new landfill to be built next to the already existing site.  

City Attorney, Jennifer Richie, released a statement to the lawsuit saying, "The City has not breached any contract with the plaintiff.  The City plans to seek a permit for a new landfill which is in the best interest of residents of Waco and the surrounding communities."

Waco Attorney, Billy Davis filed the lawsuit on behalf of the groups stating the landfill is a breach of contract. "The city of Waco in 1992 signed an agreement to its existing landfill with the Citizens to Save Lake Waco that it would not expand its boundaries," he said.

The city says the landfill is necessary as they expect the current landfill to reach capacity in just eight years. Despite the growth of the city and need, Davis said it's important that Waco keeps their word.

"They may need a new landfill somewhere else, that is not close to our water source," Davis said.

Judge Vicki Menard denied the city of Waco's request to dismiss the lawsuit Wednesday. 

The city could appeal the ruling but the lawsuit against the city is moving forward. 

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