July will mark a year since our first Community Townhall Meeting. Yes! Last year, July, was the first time we pulled together as a community to begin rallying around and organizing against County Waste’s proposed multi-state mega-dump! We had a little over one hundred in attendance and we now average forty to fifty in attendance – this needs to be fixed!!
To recap, this 1200-acre proposed mega dump threatens to directly impact 2,000 homes within a 5-mile radius by bringing in trash from 500(air) miles that represents a radius from Canada to Georgia…for MONEY! During the decision-making process, money was the weighing factor. Our lives, were not considered! I can promise you that if everybody working to make this happen would have considered this impacting their family, children, friends, their home, their investment, their future – they would have said no without a second thought. And folks…because they said yes, without proper consideration, we are the ones who will need to fight.
We have an excellent opportunity to put a stop to this proposed mega dump! The only way is if YOU are involved.
As I heard today:
Public Opinion is the Politics Behind This Cause … and you (citizens) must be involved to make this go away.
Know that this Is Not a Done Deal! – some feel and think that the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors can make a 1200-acre mega-dump happen. That is not true. The BOS invited County Waste into to our county, said yes, “Sold us out” as one citizen said, signed the host agreement, and recently, made changes to that host agreement. However, a lot has to happen beyond the BOS and a lot is happening.
Public Hearings, Public Comments, other meetings… there will be many opportunities, like the one below, for you to show up as a presence, and as a voice if you choose to do so. There are many parts involved in this proposed mega dump project and many departments – like Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) which will be hosting a Citizen Information Meeting regarding the US Route 60 Corridor on July 17th in Buckingham. For more information about these meetings you can check out VDOT’s schedule – Click Here and this news article Click Here.
Citizen Involvement is Crucial… CCLA began with approximately a dozen people in a local restaurant last June, 2018. Now, over a year later CCLA is a team of two dozen members, hundreds of followers on facebook, and over a thousand by email…BUT…as impressive as that may sound, it isn’t. What!? Why? …because it comes down to YOU! The person. The individual. You are needed to put a stop to this proposed mega dump.
What is CCLA Doing?…
Cumberland County Landfill Alert (CCLA) has been developing strategy, attending meetings, building relationships, working to change regulations, etc. We are not able to publicly share all that we do because we know that word will go back to County Waste, Lobbyist, Cumberland County Board, etc. Know that we are indeed at work – some publicly and some behind-the-scenes. As a member stated:
Silence Is Golden! You gotta’ watch out for the quiet ones.
We will share more during Sunday’s meeting. For now, here are a few highlights…
Big Fight – Networking! We’ve been working to connect key people, organizations, efforts, etc. and we now have a group of professionals, non-profit advocacy groups, and consultants who are helping put an end to this proposed mega-dump.
Big Changes – Regulations! On June 10th, the Dept. of Environmental Quality – Waste Management Board Meeting occurred, which members of CCLA, Pine Grove/AMMD, and citizens of Powhatan and Cumberland attended to share concerns around the proposed mega-dump, share information, and suggest changes.
Big Money – Fundraising! – as this is a marathon fight and not a sprint, money is indeed needed for the long race to support legal counsel, help get the word out, and administrative costs! We have currently raised one third of what we’ll need, and our newest goal is to get halfway there!!
This Sunday July 14th 3:00 to 5:00 Community Townhall – come out to hear the details, share with neighbors, learn more. Bring goodies to share for fellowship time.
Our first Community Townhall meeting had over 100 in attendance and now we average 40 to 50. We’re fully aware that County Waste’s “Property Assurance Program” hushed many families who were vocally opposed people by using fear and intimation. However, there are many who told them where they could put that agreement, many who are still actively involved, many who are in this for the long-haul. Show them your support by attending Sunday’s meeting!