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Homeowners upset about dirt pit project

Some Thomas County homeowners are protesting a dirt pit that could soon be near their backyards.(Source:WALB) Some Thomas County homeowners are protesting a dirt pit that could soon be near their backyards.(Source:WALB)
Thomas County commissioners say they can't do anything since it's private property. If the company intends on using the property for anything other than agriculture they will have to meet with the zoning committee. (Source:WALB) Thomas County commissioners say they can't do anything since it's private property. If the company intends on using the property for anything other than agriculture they will have to meet with the zoning committee. (Source:WALB)
THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

Some Thomas County homeowners are protesting a dirt pit that could soon be near their backyards.

The Scruggs Company out of Valdosta purchased 60-acres behind Jane's Lane off Maddox Road.

They plan to build a pond eventually but the project could last ten years.

For twenty years Geary Holland has lived on 38 acres in Thomas County. He says its always been a peaceful and secluded area but that could all change soon.

A dirt pit project started by the Scruggs Company could last as long as a decade. Something homeowners on Jane's Lane are not happy about.

"They have made no effort whatsoever to go in here and talk to the people that live here and say would you mind if we - over the next ten years, dug a 38 acre open pit mine 200 feet behind your house." said Holland.

Both Holland and representatives from the Scruggs Company attended the county commission meeting on Tuesday.

General Manager Mike Fisher told commissioners that activity would not be within 200 feet of Holland's home. Although there is already an 8 foot wide road behind his property.

Fisher stated at the meeting "We have no intent of destroying anybody's lives"

"There are a lot of people just against this sort of thing. Open pit mines are a necessity for dirt and that sort of thing well yeah you have to do it but not in somebody's backyard" said Holland.

Holland and his neighbors have started a petition, they currently have more than 85 signatures.

WALB reached out the Scruggs company but did not hear back.

Thomas County commissioners say they can't do anything since it's private property. If the company intends on using the property for anything other than agriculture they will have to meet with the zoning committee.

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