"The anti landfill crowd seems to want no rail discussion because they don't want the landfill at all."
WRONG! It's not about not wanting the landfill. For me it's more about how the dump is an ever expanding eyesore. I don't care to have trash cars - empty or full - parked anywhere I have to look at them. More eyesore is not what is needed. I am alway sick and tired of seeing SMI receive tax breaks when they do not need them. Save the tax breaks for new business - if anyone could figure out how to bring them here.
So the empty train cars will be an eyesore to you and you'd like to see that addressed? Not sure how valid that is in the context of dozens of trucks now waiting outside of the landfill entrance for their turn in the hill.
Tax breaks are another issue. Many businesses have staff to help them apply for and receive tax breaks grants etc. I hope my businesses can grow to the point where I can do the same. But the today topic is about railing trash not railing on the tax break process.
So train cars are an eyesore but trucks backed up along 414 waiting to unload are a more esthetic option? I question your sincerity on that one. When it comes to esthetics, there is a rather remarkable wetlands that compliments the landfill. Have you walked the trails there yet?
The retired landfill in Mt Trashmore Virginia is rather beautiful and sets a standard for an exit strategy to our local landfill as SM operations reach maximum capacity and the trash issue moves on to another community. But while this landfill is actively growing, and the topography of the Northern Seneca County skyline changes, would not a green oriented person want to reduce fuel emissions and reduce truck traffic during the mounding phase of this landfill?
When you look at the growing mounds of trash, that's all you see. Trash. And its understandable why that would upset you. Me, I see Seneca County doing its part in helping our region safely, responsibly and affordable deal with its trash processing needs. I see the flow of trash stopping some day and the mountains reclaimed for wildlife. I look forward to the day I can hunt elk and bear in them thare hills. Your vision is immediate. Mine is generational.
When I was a kid, the gullies and roadsides of this county were the dumping grounds of the region long before we had a landfill. Any metal detector can find the remains of the past in any gully in the area. If it takes tax breaks and trains to have a sane, green, forward thinking mentality toward trash, I welcome it.