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By Taylor Sisk – Staff Writer
The Carrboro Citizen – February 21, 2008
The Board of County Commissioners reviewed site selection criteria for a solid-waste transfer station this week, settling on a process that starts by eliminating environmentally sensitive areas and that looks for sites close to major roads and heavy trash generation.
At a Tuesday night work session, the commissioners heard from Ed Shuffler of Olver Inc. regarding progress made in establishing a search process for the siting of the transfer site in Orange County. Olver is the consulting firm hired by the county to establish criteria, conduct the search and advise the commissioners on the selection of a site.
The majority of Tuesday night’s meeting – held prior to the commissioner’s regular session – was concerned with a discussion of preliminary exclusionary criteria, which is scheduled to be nailed down on March 18. The list of this criteria includes wetlands and floodplains; endangered and protected habitats; protected sites of historical, archeological or cultural significance; and park preserves. This proposed criteria further indicates that the site should be at least 25 acres, that it be located in Orange County and that it be within three miles of the county’s major arteries – though the commissioners and Shuffler discussed reducing this distance to one mile.
By: Catarina Saraiva, Assistant City Editor – Daily Tar Heel
Members of the Rogers and Eubanks Roads community came out in full force at Tuesday night’s county commissioners meeting to raise colorful posters and demand that the board remove the neighborhood from the list of possible new waste-transfer site locations.The board, which re-opened the search for a site in November after community allegations of environmental racism, heard comments from four members of the Rogers-Eubanks Coalition to End Environmental Racism, which represents a predominantly low-income and black neighborhood bordering the Orange County Landfill.
Resident Neloa Jones showed the board two maps drawn by UNC graduate student Chris Heaney, which show the concentration of Chapel Hill’s black population (see map here), the total parcel value of Chapel Hill land and the location of the Orange Water and Sewer Authority’s sewer and water mains (see map here). (read the entire article here)