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WEATHERSFIELD Township, Ohio - A recycling center and landfill may be coming to Weathersfield Township, but first township trustees say "water treatment sludge" must be removed from the property.

Weathersfield Township trustees have given the all-clear to a Cleveland-based company to build a proposed construction-and-debris recycling center and landfill along Warren Avenue.

The company would first purchase the property from its current owner, Southside Environmental Group.

Trustees said the proposed project was approved by the township several months ago, but has just recently received some community backlash.

"One of the people raised concern about water treatment sludge being at the property," said Weathersfield Township Trustee Chairman Gilson Blair. "When we inspected we did find that there was some water treatment sludge from a drinking water treatment facility, which was made up of lime and other things."

Trustees said the "sludge" is the responsibility of the current property owner.

According to the Southside Environmental Group web site, the company does remove lime from water treatment plants and apply the material for a "beneficial reusable product."

To the township's knowledge, the sludge poses no threat to the environment. However, it is in violation of the township's zoning resolution, therefore needs removed.

Southside Environmental Group could not be reached for comment on the material. According to a settlement agreement, the company denies any wrong doing but has agreed to the clean-up.

Meanwhile, Kurtz Brothers, Inc., the company interested in purchasing the property, has told 21 News that plans to build in the area are not definite.

"We want to make sure we're going into an area that we're welcome," said Jason Ziss with Kurtz Bros., Inc. "We're not going to come up with a bunch of opposition, or unfound opposition that is."

Ziss said the recycling center and landfill project would be a million-dollar investment into the area and could ultimately create about 40 jobs.

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