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Upset about lingering language in trash transfer station legislation [Letter]

Letter to The Aegis

1:40 PM EDT, June 4, 2013

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Editor:

The Aegis headlines on May 1, 2013 stated "Joppa trash station plan is abandoned" based upon a press conference announcement by the County administration on April 30.   Several Joppa citizens received a letter May 13, 2013 from our County Executive stating the former Plecker Golf property will not be used as a waste transfer station.   

A little perplexing; however, assuming this is an oversight by the County administration, the portion of the bill relating to 'Paragraph 5.6 EXPLORATION OF NEW SOLID WASTE TRANSFER STATION, RECYCLING TRANSFER STATION, AND SECOND HOMEOWNER DROP-OFF FACILITY' should be trashed entirely from proposed Bill No. 13-22. 

Logically, there is no reason for a new transfer station since Harford plans to enter into a 20-year contract with Baltimore County (renewable in 10-year increments) to receive all of our solid waste when the APG contract terminates in 2016. The existing County-owned Tollgate facility in Bel Air is central to the County residents for collecting yard waste and recycling and could continue operation should such a facility be required.

The entire transfer station issue also remains in the upcoming proposed Capital Budget and Capital Improvement Program for FY 2013-2014 to the tune of at least $19,700,000.  I am sure those funds can be diverted for more pressing Public Works issues and the bulk of the funding perhaps redirected to the Community Services and Parks and Recreation Departments on projects that will benefit all of the general public. Perhaps it should include the funding our public libraries requested.

Considering there were alternatives to handling the County's solid waste, including transporting all of the County's trash out of Harford County at no cost to the County, this whole subject demonstrates the need for informed citizen involvement in the entire process from the get-go as dictated by the current Solid Waste Management Plan. I really believe all of the County's waste disposal issues sure could have been handled much more efficiently, at significantly less cost to us taxpayers, and with a whole lot less drama.

Judy Rose

Joppa