Monday, July 2, 2012

CP: Maynard Runs Defense on Controversial Waste Plant Proposal

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 4:10 PM

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Over at The City Paper, Steve Cavendish reports that a proposed waste transfer station for Cleveland Park has residents fuming, and that the plant's primary legislative supporter, Councilman At-Large Jerry Maynard, is attempting to address concerns in advance of tomorrow's meeting of the Metro Council, which will consider the resolution.

In a letter to fellow council members last week, Councilman At-Large Jerry Maynard came out strongly in support of a resolution that would recommend a Waste Connections facility be allowed at 1000 Apex St. in East Nashville.

"I believe that blighted urban areas that are filled with high volumes of crime, illegal dumping and abandoned buildings must be transformed into areas of commerce, safe neighborhoods and economic engines when the opportunity arises," he wrote.

But the councilman for the area where the facility would be located, District 5’s Scott Davis, told The City Paper that his district "overwhelmingly" opposes the move.

Confusing the matter even more is the fact that Davis said originally he had no position on the resolution — and sought Maynard's advice — before a series of neighborhood meetings led him to oppose it. Maynard's letter makes it sound as though Davis supported the project. And some neighbors are still angry that Davis' name is still attached to the resolution, something Davis said is a quirk of the council's resolution process. By remaining the sponsor, he said, he controls the resolution.

"The average citizen doesn't know that," he said. "If I don't take ownership of it, I can't control it. If I didn't sign it, it would have gone straight to the BZA (Board of Zoning Appeals). Then we would have a fight like they had in Bellevue. The Council is the best place to stop this."

"This" is a 100,000-square-foot warehouse, which Waste Connections would use as a drop-off point for small trucks hauling garbage. Up to 600 tons of waste would then be transferred to larger trucks and carried to a landfill in Kentucky. Area residents and neighborhood groups have been vocal in their opposition to the facility, citing concerns about traffic, smell, sewer lines and effects on property value. An online petition to oppose the project had received more than 500 signatures as of Monday afternoon.

Read more over at the CP.

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