Orange will evaluate site for transfer station

STAFF WRITERMay 20, 2009 

Against vocal opposition from Millhouse and Rogers road neighbors, the Orange County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to conduct a preliminary evaluation of a 32-acre site north of the Chapel Hill Town Operations Center for a new trash transfer station.

Commissioner Alice Gordon said Mayor Kevin Foy's tentative offer triggers a provision within the county's existing search criteria that gives preference to sites adjacent to other government facilities such as the Town Operation Center. That could justify circumventing the year-long search process, but Gordon urged Solid Waste Director Gayle Wilson to use the same criteria that was used to narrow the field to a 143-acre site north of Highway 54 outside Carrboro.

"I am concerned about the lateness of this coming forward," Gordon said.

Residents from Millhouse Road, representatives of the Emerson Waldorf School and African Americans connected to the historic Rogers Road community all spoke against siting the transfer station on Millhouse Road.

"We've been in a war now almost 30 years," said Judy Nunn Snipes, whose family once owned 200 acres where the landfill, TOC and other government facilities are now sited. "To consider this site only adds insult to injury."

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