There were more fireworks over the former Brumback land fill at Monday's Cherokee County meeting.
At the Jan. 25 meeting just over a month ago, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Waste Management Engineer Charley Bowers had requested a list of questions in writing from concerned citizens.
Sue Drennan, who lives across the street from the landfill at NE 100th and Wyandotte Roads and has opposed the expansion of the construction and demolition landfill now owned by Mission Construction, was at the commission meeting to request an official inquiry be made as to the written questions.
Apparently after there was no initial response to the questions Bowers at first said the were lost and then, after they were resubmitted, said he could not respond without an official inquiry from the commission.
County commissioners directed County Councilor Kevin Cure to draft a letter officially requesting the questions be answered.
The landfill has been the subject of much controversy since it was purchased in the wake of the May 22, 2012 Joplin tornado.
Critics claim the entire permitting process has been handled contrary to law and the landfill should be shutdown.
KDHE maintains they are operating within the letter of emergency regulations and the landfill is properly permitted.
The commission also directed Cure to draft a redistricting map in accordance with state law.
District one, represented by Pat Collins has a population of 6,372. District Two, represented by Jack Garner has a population of 5,239 and District Three, represented by Richard Hilderbrand is the most populous with 7,674 residents.
State law requires that the commission districts be roughly equal in population. Hilderbrand's district has 56 more residents than Collins' and 1,246 more than Garner's. This will require the district lines to be redrawn in order to bring each district closer to the 6,428 median.
In other business, the commission:
• Heard a report from CLASS Ltd. President Jan Bolin on CLASS' operations for fiscal year 2011. Bolin also announced she would retire next year.
• Voted to spend roughly 15,000 to purchase a new computer server for the courthouse. The server will be paid for with money from Register of Deeds Barbara Bilkie's technology fund and a computer program fund administered by Treasurer Juanita Hodgson, and:
• Entered into the minutes the story of Dr. Charles Drew, who is the African American who is responsible for the creation of the Red Cross blood bank in honor of Black History month. There is a persistent urban legend which states that when Drew was injured in a car accident in the 1950s in North Carolina the reason for his death is he was refused treatment because he was black. This has since been proven untrue.