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Town leaders may be on board to re-zone Hugo Neu site

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For years, residents of Brunswick County fought, and ultimately won, a battle to stop a landfill from coming to Navassa. But the victory may have been premature. The property is still zoned for dumping. Representative Bonner Stiller originally wanted to de-annex the Hugo Neu property to keep it from becoming a landfill. But now, it looks like some town leaders are working with Representative Stiller to re-zone the land instead. As it is now, the property where the Hugo Neu corporation once was going to build a dump, is still zoned for a landfill. While the Hugo Neu Corporation has withdrawn plans to build a landfill, there's no guarantee another company wouldn't come in and build one there in the future. That's why some elected leaders wanted to rezone the land, by whatever means necessary, even a forced de-annextion. "That's not want we wish do to, but that's uh, that's the hand that we've been forced to play," State Representative Bonner Stiller said. But losing the land, would mean a financial loss for the town in terms of tax revenue from the property. Now, there's a new proposal on the table. Representative Stiller says there's no need to de-annex the land, if Navassa will agree to rezone the land in question to something other than a landfill site. "That protects the citizens of Brunswick County and not just a handful of people that have an interest in wanting it there," Representative Stiller said. It appears that there are at least some members of the Navassa Town Council who are on board with the rezoning idea. Stiller says they agree it's not in the best interest of the town to bring a landfill to Navassa. A landfill free Navassa would attract more companies, like Ramage Yacht's facility, a boat company recently acquired by the Brunswick Corporation. "I can assure you that they would not want to come and invest that amount of money and resources to move people in and set up and then find out there's going to be a landfill beside them," Representative Stiller said. We were unable to reach town council members for comment tonight but Representative Stiller is hopeful they can work together to reach a conclusion that's good for everyone.

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