The recent 4-1 vote on the trash transfer station in Appomattox is an example of why citizens do not trust government. Every supervisor had been “educated” by County Waste months before citizens were notified. County Waste is part of a large New York conglomerate that does business the old-fashioned way behind closed doors. This mockery of zoning and voting processes creates the appearance of impropriety and encourages legal action.

During the months this went on no sufficient attempt was made to engage the public or utilize the mountain of data about how to correctly establish a trash transfer station. No supervisor expressed knowledge of the $1 million settlement County Waste paid in 2011 for overcharging the community, accepting “putrid municipal waste” and violating state environmental laws in New York. Did anyone research this outfit?

Instead homeowners impacted were told robust DEQ regulation (2X per year if no violation occurs) would protect our wells and watershed! If unchecked this vote will damage property values, neighborhoods and the environment. Meanwhile a 500-acre industrial park boondoggle sits underutilized and justifications for “trashing” the Comprehensive Plan were disingenuous.

This poor governance is what you get when a desperation for revenue replaces strategic thinking. I believe these are honest men who allowed a superior negotiator to have his way with them. Falling for Mr. (Delbert) Beasley’s my-location-or-I-take-my-business-elsewhere negotiation approach is regrettable leadership. Every indication is that our supervisors are entering a negotiation phase where they are outmatched!

EVERY citizen of Appomattox should be concerned that a proposal with regional impact, involving millions, and lasting decades was NOT competitively driven. How UNAMERICAN IS THAT! It is naïve to believe that assisting County Waste in establishing a monopoly on regional garbage will turn out well for the taxpayers of Appomattox?

Led by Bill Hogan we now have other supervisors stating publicly they will insist traffic not be routed thru neighborhoods. Prudence would have supported waiting for a completed VDOT plan but this is a critical first step towards good Governance. It is NOT too late to do the right thing. Bob Weaver

- Bob Weaver, Concord