The following letter was sent by the Dublin/Darlington Community Council to Harford County Executive David Craig, County Council President Billy Boniface, and County Councilman Chad Shrodes. A copy was provided to The Dagger for publication:
Dear County Executive Craig:
At our regular meeting on January 18, 2012, the members of the Dublin/Darlington Community Council voted unanimously on behalf of the residents of the Dublin/Darlington community to support your efforts to establish a new solid waste transfer station at a location more convenient to many county residents than the Harford Waste Disposal Center (commonly referred to as Scarboro).
As you know, the existing operation near Dublin serves several major county-wide functions:
• The County’s only active municipal sanitary landfill;
• Homeowner trash dropoff;
• The white goods collection center (including metals);
• The recyclables receiving center; and
• The lawn and garden recyclable composting facility (both dropoff of yard waste, and vehicles receiving compost and mulch)
Each of those generates significant traffic, and on Saturdays and other busy days there are usually long lines of cars blocking local roads while waiting to gain entrance to the facility. Additional heavy truck traffic is generated by removal of leachate for treatment at Sod Run and delivery of ash from the Waste-to-Energy Facility.
The Dublin/Darlington area is also host to private solid waste facilities that generate significant truck traffic, including a scrap metal dealer and the home base for the HSS trucks that pick up household trash from throughout the county.
Given the traffic congestion at the county’s existing operation near Dublin and the convenience value for homeowners who would no longer have to negotiate traffic crossing the entire county, we believe your efforts to establish an additional transfer location make great sense.
Richard D. Norling, Chair
cc: Hon. Billy Boniface
Hon. Chad Shrodes