Residents and officials said it was a particularly smelly Saturday in Trenton near the Riverview landfill.
It was so smelly that the Riverview landfill was cited Saturday for a noncompliance for odor violation after an inspector from the Wayne County Department of Public Services responded to a complaint call from a Trenton resident.
Councilperson MaryEllen McLeod mentioned Saturday’s odor at Monday’s Trenton City Council meeting.
“On Saturday, when I was going to shop, I stepped out of my garage and smelled the most delightfully horrible odor, and it was obviously coming from the Riverview landfill,” McLeod said.
McLeod added she lives on Kenwood Street, which is not in close proximity of the landfill.
“It was almost like all the skunks in the world were over there.”
Patrick Cullen, the acting director of the Land Resource Management Division of Wayne County DPS, said the noncompliance was included in an inspection report issued to the landfill.
A resident on Oakwood Street in Trenton called a 24-hour hotline to make the complaint on Saturday.
The inspector verified the odor on King Road between Grange Road and Rose Street at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18.
It would take two noncompliance reports for Wayne County to issue a letter of violation to the the Riverview Land Preserve facility, according to Cullen.
“It’s part of the formal enforcement process,” Cullen said. “The purpose of the letter of violation is for the facility to create a formal plan of attack.”
At the meeting, McLeod asked City Administrator Jim Wagner why the odor has not been reduced.
“It’s really difficult for me to believe that this problem isn’t being addressed,” McLeod said. "People are saying that they’re looking at the problem, but the problem doesn’t seem to be getting any better.”
Wagner said he was aware of the odor and the situation with the landfill is being monitored, and hopefully the odor will be reduced in the near future.
“Either Sunday or yesterday morning it (the odor) was terrible,” Wagner said. “It was almost like all the skunks in the world were over there.”
Landfill director Bob Bobeck said the recent increase in odor began when employees moved into a new cell, or large area where trash is stored, closer to King Road in a statement made to council members on January 9.
To solve the odor problem landfill employees drilled 26 new methane extraction wells in December 2011, according to Bobeck. The wells are designed to contain methane gases created as trash breaks down.
He told council members the odor would be reduced in about two weeks.
Riverview officials were unavailable for comment at the time this article was published.