Harford councilman expects transfer station will not be built in Joppa

Harford County Councilman Dion Guthrie told members of the Joppa-Joppatowne Community Council Monday that there is a strong chance a proposed solid waste transfer station would not be built near their community.

"We're looking awfully good for not building the transfer station on Route 7," Guthrie said during the Council's monthly meeting held at the Harford County Sheriff's Office Southern District building in Edgewood.

Joppa-area residents have long been opposed to the county's plans to build a $21.7 million transfer station on 22 acres just west of the Route 7 and Route 152 interchange. The land, known as the Plecker property, had been home to Plecker's World of Golf.

"If the transfer station does not come through, you guys should all be glad that your voices were heard," community council Chairwoman Paula Mullis told the assembled residents.

County Executive David R. Craig has been pushing to have the facility built to better handle Harford County's trash, but the plan must be approved by the County Council.

Guthrie said after the meeting he would not vote for the transfer station plan and feels confident several of his fellow council members will not as well.

He has been lobbying to have the county's solid waste shipped to an existing landfill in the Days Cove area just over the county line in Baltimore County.

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