The following letter was sent by Carolyn and Charles Hicks of Joppa to the Harford County Council. A copy was provided to The Dagger for publication:
Dear Members of the Harford County Council,
Last night, my husband and I attended the Joppa-Joppatowne Community Council meeting at JT High School. There were approximately 90 people in attendance. The main reason for the large turnout was the communities’ concern for the possibility of a solid waste transfer station being built in Joppa. The proposed location would be the former Coleman Plecker’s mini-golf site on Rt. 7; 814 Philadelphia Rd. The property consists of 22.02 acres much of which is wetlands–unbuildable lands–and slopes. Rt. 7 (Phila. Rd.) is a 2-lane road at this location that has a fair share of traffic, especially when there is an accident on I-95. Building such a facility at this site would/could become a traffic nightmare with all the trucks, etc. entering/exiting from this location.
According to an email sent to a Joppa resident by Mr.Thomas C. Hilton, Deputy Director, Harford County Department of Public Works on Monday, September 12, 2011, the site could be used to dispose of “household trash, recyclables, white goods, electronics, and yard waste.” The residents of Joppa told Councilman Guthrie that they are strongly opposed to this possibility. Someone even suggested that the site would be an excellent location for a Senior Center in Joppa.
We hope that when this issue comes before the Harford County Council in the form of an amendment to the Solid Waste Plan, that you will vote against any form of waste transfer station being built on that site. Thank you for your consideration and attention to this matter.
Carolyn and Charles Hicks
p.s. The County Administration purchased this land on July 15, 2011. The people didn’t find out about this until Sept., 2011.