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Thousands owed to Escambia County by Cove Landfill

Escambia County is trying to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars it's owed for fighting a landfill fire in January.

The Cove Landfill is off Highway 29, next to Pine Meadow Elementary School and a number of homes.
As Channel Three's Kavontae Smalls shows us, people who live there want to see the landfill gone.

The Cove Landfill has been somewhat of a nuisance to many people living nearby for years.
They say, this latest development with the county is hopefully a step closer to it being moved out of the area.

The Cove Landfill is in the backyard of many people in the Pine Meadow community.

Barbara Judah, lives near landfill
"It's kind of not in a good spot, with the school being over there, my grandchildren go to that school and I worry about it really having an explosion or something over there."

In January a fire at the Cove Landfill took Escambia County workers, 6 days to put out.
The county stepped in to handle the fire because the owners of the landfill, Rapid Management, and NIT Management, were unable to do it themselves.
Nearly 5 months later, the county still hasn't been paid.
Now, the county wants the property owners to pay up.
Neighbor, Barbara Judah, agrees.

Barbara Judah, lives near landfill
"If they owe the county then they should pay the county back."

The county wants to put a lien on the Cove Landfill for just over 267-thousand dollars.
The cost of putting out the fire, plus interest.

Joe Kaple has lived near the landfill for 9 years.

Joe Kaple, lives near landfill
"That's at least the third time that's caught on fire, I don't know how they put it out before."

Joe says the fire hazard is just part of the problem.
They say it's too close to pine meadow elementary and it attracts rats and other pests.

Grace Robinson, lives near landfill
"I think we need the school here more than we do the landfill."

Barbara Judah, lives near landfill
"My opinion, I think they should shut it down.  It's too close to the school and I don't know what it's doing to the ground water."

County commissioners are expected to implement the lien on the cove landfill this week.
We were unable reach the property owners of the cove landfill for comment about the proposed lien.