The Trash Issue Isn’t Over

It’s been eight years since I was politically engaged. Much time has been spent helping with family needs. I really thought I was through with politics. That is, until a friend asked me to attend the February Appomattox County Planning Commission meeting with her.

Even though I had seen the signs on 460, I was unaware of what the people were opposing until I listened to a lawyer representing County Waste, which has nothing to do with the county of Appomattox.

He presented his case as to why the provisional use permit should be granted to this outside business for putting a garbage industrial site in the rural agricultural area near Gleaning for the World.

It was quite disturbing that five unelected individuals were going to decide the fate of the citizens’ properties, their peace and quiet.

The attitude of the Court House representative on the Planning Commission was quite appalling. I wondered why he was so angry, in my opinion, because nothing had been said by anyone yet. It was very apparent to me that he was against the citizens and even belligerent in his comments. From the moment he began speaking, he acted like the citizens of Appomattox were the enemy, in my opinion.

Only one courageous member of the commission supported the people and voted against recommending the permit.

A week later, the public hearing on the garbage warehouse was held by the Board of Supervisors at the high school. Hundreds of citizens showed up to oppose the board accepting the Planning Commission’s recommendation.

Forty-four spoke opposing the permit; three for it. Some homeowners even shed tears over their dreams and pursuit of happiness being destroyed. Even though the board is elected by the people to represent the people, only one member sided with the citizens and opposed the permit. The Board of Supervisors passed the importation of trash to Appomattox!

The attitude of those sitting high and lifted up on the school stage against the citizens of Appomattox shocked me. I felt like I was in a communist socialist country rather than good old Appomattox. The chairman said: No standing allowed, no applauding allowed, no laughter aloud and removal from the meeting was threatened if these rules were violated.

When I arrived home, I looked up the vision statement on the Board of Supervisor website:

“Appomattox County will be a place where family and community are valued … Appomattox County will manage growth along our primary corridors of Route 460, Route 24, and Route 26, and emphasize growth that is near our town centers, while preserving our rural character and abundant open spaces, rivers, and other natural resources.”

The Board had voted to violate its own vision.

Their mistreatment of the citizens and approval of importing trash into rural Appomattox has brought me out of political retirement. I’m rolling up my sleeves and jumping in this fight with the people and for the people. This isn’t over yet.

- Linda Wall, Appomattox