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By Taylor Sisk – Carrboro Citizen
Did Mike Nelson feel rotten when he voted in favor of placing a solid-waste transfer station on Eubanks Road?
“Oh, god, yes,” says Nelson, a member of the Orange County Board of Commissioners.
“I think it was difficult for almost everyone involved,” he says of the unanimous decision made by the board last March, a decision that has since been overturned after the community, led by the Rogers-Eubanks Coalition to End Environmental Racism, intensified its efforts at bringing attention to what they believe to be an environmental injustice. After 35 years of having lived with the Orange County Landfill and all its attendant consequences, the Rogers-Eubanks community was unwilling to quietly accept this additional burden.
“I think that just about any elected official will tell you there are times when they vote on something and they know that there are people who are going to leave the room hurt,” Nelson said in an interview with The Citizen shortly after the decision, reflecting on that vote. “And for me, that was one of those nights. I was really torn up about it.”
Nelson wasn’t alone in his discomfort: Others among his fellow commissioners felt likewise.
BY GINNY HOYLE : The Herald-SunDec 14, 2007 CHAPEL HILL — The Orange County Commissioners are one step closer to restarting the search process for a controversial waste transfer station. After interviewing two in-house consulting firms last week, the board has unanimously selected Charlotte-based Olver Inc. to help locate a site for the new facility. The commissioners felt that both Olver and the other consultant on retainer to the solid waste department, Draper Aden Associates, could complete the project. But Olver “really hit a lot of the key issues that the board will be looking at,” County Manager Laura Blackmon said. The consulting firm — which is experienced in both transfer station siting and design — has a well-established relationship with the county, Blackmon said. “They know the community and they know the commissioners,” she said. “There’s a lot of trust built in, and it saves us time in the process.” It saves about two and a half to three months, to be exact. Read the rest of this entry »