March 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM CDT - Updated July 25 at 8:46 PM
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A battle between residents and city officials over plans to expand the Dothan landfill is headed to a courtroom next month.
The Dothan Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/14HiQLY ) plans to add 25 acres to the landfill site have been bogged down in a zoning fight as residents have blamed illnesses on years of drinking water from wells near the landfill.
As a result, the local Zoning Authority last December refused to take action on Dothan officials' request for a special exception to zoning rules. The city the received a favorable opinion from Alabama's attorney general indicating it could move forward without zoning approval. But a question raised by opponents caused state attorneys to withdraw that opinion.
Now an April 16 hearing is scheduled in Houston County Circuit Court.
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