Chesterfield County recently clarified the conditions under which County Waste trucks can use Lewis Road after the county received a complaint or two about it.
A stipulation in a 1976 conditional use permit for Shoosmith Bros. Inc.’s landfill said that “no truck traffic associated with this operation shall be permitted on Lewis Road, and all access from the site shall be from Route 10.”
A subsequent 1997 conditional use permit stated that “Shoosmith Brothers Inc. shall prohibit any vehicles under their ownership or control from transporting solid waste to the solid waste management facility via Lewis Road except when the source of the solid waste is a site adjacent to Lewis Road and served via Lewis Road.”
Bill Dupler, the deputy county administrator for community development, said that as long as County Waste’s trucks are empty or not picking up trash and recyclables from Lewis Road residences, then it is OK for their trucks to use Lewis Road.
Dupler noted that the land in question – which is owned by Shoosmith Construction – is zoned commercial (C5).
Tony Lucas bought Shoosmith Bros. Inc. in 2001 and subsequently sold the landfill operation to Fletcher Kelly and five others in 2008, Kelly said.
Shoosmith Construction, which was formed Nov. 14, 2005, has an office at 11800 Lewis Road. The company leases land on its site – which is accessed by a gate on Lewis Road – to County Waste, Shoosmith Construction vice president Paul Swenson said.
Jay Zook, vice president of County Waste’s Virginia operations, said his company – which began using a parking lot on Shoosmith Construction’s land in late 2016 – has to use Lewis Road to get off the property. County Waste purchased the trash hauling and collection services assets from Virginia Waste Services, Zook said. Virginia Waste Services was formed in 2001 and terminated in 2008, according to the State Corporation Commission website.
Kelly said Shoosmith Construction owns land that extends about 300 feet inside the Lewis Road gate, although Dupler said the line meanders.
Zook said County Waste’s trucks typically leave the Shoosmith Construction site between 4 and 6 a.m.