Orange County Voice Newsletter

Community Meeting &
Actions Underway to Stop Waste Transfer Station in Bingham Township 

April 6, 2009

Dear Neighbor: 

We are working our hearts out to stop a Bingham Waste Transfer Station.  However, based on recent meetings with the county and the Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB), it looks as though the county will continue to forge ahead to site a waste transfer station on rural Hwy 54.  The county's consultants have misrepresented the costs and environmental impacts.  And all signs show the commissioners are not seriously interested in alternatives.  So we are moving ahead with protest actions and a lawsuit.  

Donations for the legal defense are coming in. Every little bit helps - We've received donations ranging from $10 to $1,500, and have raised nearly $2,000 in pocket change dropped in donation boxes.  It all adds up!  Much more is needed -- so please, keep it up.
Community Meeting &
Actions Underway to Stop a Waste Transfer Station in Bingham Township 
This past week OCV leaders attended two SWAB meetings focused on the costs of using vendors as an alternative to a county operated WTS.  We engaged in difficult debate with the county's consultants who are misrepresenting the costs for the WTS.
The county staff and SWAB believe a WTS should be sited in Orange County.  They agree that the 54 site is a poor choice, but the BoCC has not asked for their opinion on sites.  They share OCV's concerns about costs, infrastructure and the environment, and add the ongoing challenge that our solid waste professionals will face by managing a WTS that's far away from their recycling, construction debris and town collection.
Though citizens, staff and experts are united against a site on 54, Commissioner Yuhasz insists that barring unforeseen circumstances, the Board will vote to place it there. 
On April 21st, county staff will present their report (see online draft) on the WTS Costs and Alternatives to the BoCC.   We are lining up opposition in advance of this report.  Here's what we are doing:

  • April 7th - BOCC MEETING.  OCV leaders and experts to present the real facts on costs, infrastructure and environmental risks - and ask the board to stop work on the Howell site.  We will speak during the public comment section at the start of the agenda. We plan to sign in early and expect to be done by 8:00.  Please attend if you can - a show of support will help. 
BoCC Meeting - April 7th, 7:00pm
Orange County Senior Center
at the Triangle Sportsplex in Hillsborough
515 Meadowland Dr., Hillsborough
  • April 15 - COMMUNITY MEETING on Waste Transfer Station OCV will host an open meeting to brief the community about the Waste Transfer Station, protest actions, and the lawsuit.  Please come and bring your neighbors!
 Community Meeting - April 15, 7:00-9:00pm
The Real Facts about a Waste Transfer Station
in Bingham Township
White Cross Community Center 
1800 White Cross Rd., Chapel Hill
Click here for flyer

  • April 21 - BOCC MEETING.  Your attendance is needed!  At this meeting, the county staff will present their report on WTS alternatives.  We need a large showing of support to encourage the commissioners to stop work on the Bingham sites and seek alternatives.
BoCC Meeting - April 21st, 7:00pm
Southern Human Services Center
2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill
Petition to Oppose Waste Transfer Station in Rural Orange County.
A petition to oppose the WTS in rural Orange County is now available for signatures.  You can find the petition at Maple View Farm Ice Cream Store off of Dairyland and at Harry's Market on Hwy 54.  
You can return signed petitions to the MVF Ice Cream Store or to Harry's Market. Or you can mail them to:  OCV, P.O. Box 1263, Carrboro, NC   27510
Click here for a copy of the Petition.
Click here for a copy of the Petition Cover Letter.
UNC Championship Game Information
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
When Michigan State takes on the Tar Heels Monday night in the NCAA Championship game, they will be playing in front of a home crowd.   Monday night's attendance at Ford Field is expected to be more than Saturday night's 72,440.   To capture that spirit in Chapel Hill, come out to the SmithCenter and cheer on the Tar Heels.

For a game-viewing party, the Championship game will be shown on a large projection screen and the arena's video boards beginning at 9:21 p.m.  Concessions and Final Four Merchandise will be available.

Door will open at the SmithCenter for the general public at 8:30 p.m.  Students, faculty and staff with University IDs will be admitted beginning at 8 p.m.  
If you'd like to warm up with a visit to the BasketballMuseum, it will be open from 6-9 p.m. on Monday.  Parking will be available around the SmithCenter for $5.00.

If the streets are closed after the game, you can anticipate that Franklin Street from Raleigh to Mallette and Columbia Street from Cameron to Rosemary will be closed and there will be limited access to the neighborhoods near downtown.
If you are a contact person for a neighborhood or community group please forward this message to your members and others who might want to enjoy the game at the Smith Center.
Linda Convissor, Director of Local Relations
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB# 6225
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-6225
919-843-5966 (fax)
OCV Joins Maple View Farm for the Farm Tour
April 25- 26th, 14th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour. OCV will host a booth at the new Maple View Agricultural Education Center during the farm tour.  Here you can meet our leaders and learn more about the WTS as well as our work on "No Airport Ever", Natural Resource & Land Use Ordinances and programs to showcase the rural county.  Plus you can tour the new Maple View Educational facility. Please bring your children and your own inner child. 
Click here for Farm Tour Website.
Upcoming Information
Keep an eye out for upcoming information on No Airport Ever, Sludge and Zoning.
Want to become more involved in OCV's programs to build awareness and advocate for the rural county?  
Email Bonnie to volunteer or participate on our management committee.
Thank you for your support to Orange County Voice. 
Together we are making incredible progress and there is still much to do.  We need your support more than ever to reach our goal.  

Bonnie                   &                Susan
Bonnie Hauser                               Susan Walser
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Donations Needed for WTS Legal Defense
Community Meeting & Actions Underway to Stop WTS
Petition to Oppose WTS
UNC Championship Game Info
OCV Joins MVF for Farm Tour
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