The Jefferson Co. Commissioners are exploring every avenue they can to keep the Cross Ridge Landfill and its possible sale and re-opening from happening.

They recently contacted U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson with their concerns, and they read into the record his response letter, which included sharing his concerns about the landfill with the Environmental Protection Agency and state officials.

Also, Attorney Steve Stickles appeared before the county commissioners last week with a request to create a public defender’s office since the county is in short supply of qualified public defense attorneys and the commissioners approved the formation of a committee to explore the possibility of a public defender’s office.

According to Stickles, the cost of a public defender’s office could be as much as a million dollars per year.