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Sep 08, 2011

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Triadwatch

Don't forget the full page ad from gate city in rhino today .

Ed Cone

Yeah, that was quite a pugnacious ad for a company hoping for public money. Anyone got a scan?

michele

Didn't people predict that Gate City would come up with a way to keep Nancy from voting? This is all so shady.

Ron

There has to be a way for someone to file a lawsuit and halt this whole deal. TOO MANY shady things have been going on.

Gerry Alfano

I haven't been able to figure out the motivation for opening the landfill. All I have heard from the supporters pn the city council is that it is costing too much money to dispose of our trash. The city spends a lot of dollars in a lot of areas. Should we close our parks? How about the coliseum? The list is endless. What is the city council planning to do with the "savings"? I agree that this whole process has been really shady.

Mad Dog

"I haven't been able to figure out the motivation for opening the landfill. All I have heard from the supporters pn the city council is that it is costing too much money to dispose of our trash."-Gerry Alfano

Gee, Gerry, if you could cut your monthly household expenses by 25%-30% and still buy the same items each month, would you do it? Or would you have to make a list of what else you could spend the money on? Saving money by paying less for the same service sounds like a pretty good motivation to me, especially since I (the taxpayer) am the one spending the money.

MD

Ed Cone

MD is right, the cost motivation is real.

But why the rush to reopen the landfill without considering all the options for doing so, and all the alternatives to doing so, and without due respect for concerns beyond short-term dollars-and-cents?

Gerry Alfano

Gee, Mad Dog, if my husband told me we could reduce our monthly household expenses by 25% by using our backyard as a trash dump, guess what I would say? I haven't heard any city council member mention returning any of the savings to the city tax payer. So if your only concern is how much it costs you, it shouldn't matter to you. You are not going to see a decrease in your city taxes.

Mad Dog

"I haven't heard any city council member mention returning any of the savings to the city tax payer."-Gerry Alfano

The money currently being paid out of the city budget would automatically be returned to the city budget if it is not spent. And in subsequent years, the proposed expenses would be reduced. And, yes, it may not result in a tax decrease on my city taxes, but it could result in not having or delaying a tax increase.

BTW, if you are already using or have used your backyard as a trash dump and have a license from the state to use it as a trash dump, what difference would it make?

MD

Ed Cone

"...if you are already using or have used your backyard as a trash dump and have a license from the state to use it as a trash dump, what difference would it make?"

If you had stopped using that dump, it would make sense to take the reasons for that earlier decision into any deliberation on reopening it.

Mad Dog

"If you had stopped using that dump, it would make sense to take the reasons for that earlier decision into any deliberation on reopening it."

And you don't think any of the city council members have considered those reasons in their deliberations?

MD

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It seems obvious enough that DH Griffin via Gate City hopes to get the contract and at the same time open a private landfill in Rockingham County to expand its revenues in this business sector.

Ed Cone

MD, if those considerations have been made, I have not heard the discussions -- instead, I've heard something bordering on contempt for the neighbors, and anyone else who asks questions.

Also, the other questions remain: are there better ways to open this dump, or better options than doing so?

What we've got is a cost equation, which is a great place to start, but doesn't by itself dictate this course of action.

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