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UPDATED: City Administrator Contacts Health Department About Riverview Landfill

The smell surrounding the Riverview Land Preserve is not getting better, and Trenton City Administrator Jim Wagner wants to find out why.

Trenton City Administrator Jim Wagner announced at Monday's city council meeting that he has contacted the county health department to pinpoint the .

Wagner wrote a letter to Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano requesting he send a representative of the Department of Health and Human Services, specifically those that deal with air pollution, to Trenton to make sure the odor is, in fact, coming from the landfill.

Wagner added he would like the health department to offer suggestions to help eliminate the odor as soon as possible.

There was some speculation that some of the smell could be coming from a lake located on the landfill property, according to Wagner.

Wagner said he received last Wednesday and Thursday.

"There have been days, recently, that the odor has been unbearable," Wagner said.

Bob Bobeck, director of the Riverview Land Preserve, spoke at the Jan. 23 city council meeting and assured council members and Mayor Kyle Stack the smell would be decreased in the next few weeks.

Almost two weeks later, .

Trenton Councilman William LeFever said he too has encountered the odor.

"I probably have the biggest nose up here (city council), and I can really smell the landfill," LeFever said. "My nose is telling me nothing has changed a whole lot."

Wagner said, in the letter, "the City of Riverview has been very cooperative in this matter, but with the number of complaints received recently, this writer writes to be assured that there is no secondary source of the odor."

Riverview officials were unavailable for comment at press time.

A copy of the letter sent by City Administrator Jim Wagner to Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano accompanies this article.

Nate Stemen (Editor) February 07, 2012 at 06:02 PM
The smell remains the same. What do you think should be done about it?
Terry Rhyne February 08, 2012 at 07:38 PM
hire the right people to do the job right the first time
Brad February 08, 2012 at 11:04 PM
THE CITY NEEDS TO DO MORE The smell is horrible, the trucks spill trash all along the road and the trucks speed up and down King Road. I think the landfill is dumping closer to King and Grange Roads that is causing more smell. Why doesn’t the Trenton Police Department start making traffic stops on the trash trucks for littering, speeding, and other equipment violations?
Sonya Smith February 08, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I can see now that this goes way beyond just the smell. It is time that citizens speak up and stop this criminal activity.
Earl Denby February 09, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I have smelled this before myself, not only in Trenton, but here in Wyandotte, Southgate and of course Riverview. The main cause of the odor, I believe is that there landfill fill gas extraction system is too small. They need to add some generators or burn more of the gas. When you do this properly you have little to no odors, I speak from experience, I used to be a landfill gas manager

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