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County board wants to hear from three new commissioners

The Orange County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to delay any decision on whether to reopen the search for a trash transfer site until after three new commissioners are sworn-in next month.
Bernadette Pelissier, Steve Yuhasz and Pam Hemminger will take their seats on Dec. 1, and the board will make some kind of decision on Dec. 11.
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Editor’s note: Following is a statement by Neloa Jones delivered at a public hearing on a proposed solid-waste transfer station held by the Orange County Board of Commissioners at McDougle Middle School, Monday Nov. 17, 2008.

Good evening, Chairman Jacobs and Other Members of the Board.

My name is Neloa Jones. I am a resident of the Rogers-Eubanks Community, co-chair of the Coalition to End Environmental Racism (CEER), and a member of the Roger-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA).

For 36 years, the Rogers-Eubanks Community has hosted two municipal solid waste landfills, two construction and demolition landfills, a hazardous waste collection site, a recyclables sorting and packaging facility, a mulch/compost site, and a 1/3 acre leachate pond that even the county believed threatened our groundwater.

For these reasons, my community certainly empathizes with ANY community that might also become a host community for solid waste, and I am here tonight to ask that the county GUARANTEE certain provisions and compensation to the community asked to host the waste transfer station.

(read the rest of the speech here)

Airport, transfer station
draw intense interest, ire

by Kirk Ross
Staff Writer

CHAPEL HILL —For those living in the roughly 73 square miles that make up southwestern Orange County’s Bingham Township, the next few years seem to promise large and unwelcome changes.
Though sparsely populated compared to central and southeastern Orange, residents of the township, which stretches from the west side of Carrboro, have turned out in numbers at public discussions on a possible new airport and a solid-waste transfer station.

Earlier this month, an airport meeting packed the aging gymnasium at the White Cross Community Center. On Monday, a public hearing at McDougle Middle School on a waste transfer station drew hundreds out to argue against it.

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Evan Rose, Assistant City Editor – Daily Tar Heel
Published: 
Thursday, November 20, 2008

Time is running short for Orange County Board of Commissioners to site a new waste transfer station.

Original plans, which included selecting a site Tuesday, projected that the station would be ready in May 2011, the same time the county landfill is expected to reach capacity.

But commissioners put off a final call for at least a month. 

If there’s no station before the landfill is full, the county could face a waste management crisis.

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JESSE JAMES DECONTO, Staff Writer, News & Observer
The Orange County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to delay any decision on whether to reopen the search for a trash transfer site until after three new commissioners are sworn-in next month.

Bernadette Pelissier, Steve Yuhasz and Pam Hemminger will take their seats on Dec. 1, and the board will make some kind of decision on Dec. 11.
(read the full story here)