With the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority expressing concerns over a proposed waste transfer station, Metro Councilman Buddy Baker told The City Paper Monday afternoon he has decided to disapprove a resolution that would accommodate the move.
The bill goes before the council at Tuesday’s meeting, at which Baker plans to make a motion for disapproval. If re-elected, Baker said he wouldn’t sponsor the resolution during his next council term.
Metro Council attorney Jon Cooper has informed Baker his resolution regarding a proposed waste transfer station, because of council procedure, would become law after 60 days if the councilman had opted to withdraw it instead of disapproving it.
The resolution, sponsored by the West Nashville District 20 councilman, would have allowed Waste Industries to construct a fully enclosed waste transfer facility in an industrial area on Centennial Boulevard. Baker had earlier described the plans as a recycling facility.
But given the property’s proximity to John C. Tune Airport, the airport authority delivered a letter to Baker Friday that detailed “serious concerns” about the proposal.
Included in the letter were 16 requirements that the authority asked Waste Industries to address — from assurance that waste would be covered at all times, to requiring the area to be fenced.
But instead of following the list, Baker said the bill is going to be scrapped altogether.
Several of Baker’s constituents, including residents of The Nations neighborhood, derided the plan as bringing an unwanted waste facility into the area.
Among those who opposed the move were Mary Carolyn Roberts, one of Baker’s two Election Day challengers. J. Gower Mills is also running for the District 20 seat.
This story has been updated.