Certainly if a contractor signs a 15-year contract to operate the White Street Landfill, that contractor is going to want to go through the permitting of Phase IV and Phase V because Phase III has an estimated lifespan of two to six years.
John Hammer, in the midst of his amicus brief for the City, admits that the hey-we're-just-using-already-permitted-space argument rings hollow when measured against the Council's inexplicable insistence on a 15-year deal.
This is the kind of legalistic sleight-of-hand that makes people dislike lawyers and question the justice of the justice system. To see it perpetrated by the City of Greensboro upon its own citizens is disheartening.
Update: An even bigger lie from the City. Is this really the standard to which our elected leaders should repair?