Opposed trash transfer station

A plea to turn out for public hearing on Jan. 10

January 05, 2012

Editor:

Next Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Harford County Board of Education building at 102 S. Hickory Ave. in Bel Air, the public hearing for the Solid Waste Transfer Station Bill 11-62 will be held by the County Council.

This is a bill to make the County government inform the people that a solid waste transfer station is coming to their neighborhood. It details what sort of trash it will take, where the trash will be taken, how large a facility it will be, and how many trucks will be cruising your neighborhood. Before this bill, if you were in the habit of reading the small notices in the back section of this newspaper, you might see a notice about the Solid Waste Management Plan where the fine print tells you something is coming soon. But if this bill passes and you live nearby, you will be notified by mail. And you will be given a public meeting to see for yourselves what the County has planned for you.

In addition, we strongly urge you to support amendments to this bill for better buffers, larger required minimum acreage and protection of our neighborhood from harm.

While a Transfer Station has been targeted for Joppa on Route 7 by our County, the reality is that the way the zoning is written now, the County can put a transfer station on any property which is over 1-acre with B3, CI or GI zoning or 3 acres of AG zoned land. That means - almost anywhere.

Please plan to come and support this bill. Support your County Council members who have worked hard to make this bill a reality, they deserve our thanks. If you can't make it, call or email the Council with your support at 410-638-3343 or email council@harfordcountymd.gov

Gloria Moon

Joppa

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