35 Years Ago

August 7, 2014 

August 1979

Residents from Lee’s Summit, Greenwood and Pleasant Hill attended a public hearing before the Lee’s Summit Board of Aldermen to protest the site of a proposed landfill. Following more than two hours of discussion, the aldermen voted to continue the hearing until at least one of the two aldermen who represent Ward I can be present. The proposed site lies within the ward. Alderman John Swearngin is on vacation and Alderman Herb Patrick is hospitalized. The proposed landfill is a result of an April 1978 bond election during which 74 percent of the voters approved $750,000 for a city landfill. Representatives from Burns and McDonnell, hired by the city of Lee’s Summit to find a suitable site, told those at the hearing that geological studies have shown the area to be ideal for a landfill. The proposed site is a 160 acre tract south of U.S. 50, bordered on the west by the railroad tracks on the east by a wooded area. It is on Hamblen Road. John Ruf of Burns and McDonnell told the audience that heavy equipment would be used to bury refuse on a daily basis. This would eliminate odor, rats and blowing trash.

The Rev. S. Walton Cole, 73, passed away. He was born in Brooke Park, Minn. The retired minister had served at the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church. He also served in Manhattan, Kan; Broadway Methodist in Springfield, Mo., and other pastorates in Indiana. He was a graduate of Drury College. He is survived by his wife, Irene and a son, Charles of Fort Collins, Colo.

– Compiled from the files of the Journal by Jim Carpenter.

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