Albemarle Votes to Extend Ivy Transfer Station Contract
A protest by hundreds who didn't want a trash convenience center in their neighborhood seems to have worked, at least for now. Albemarle supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday night to extend their contract for another year with the Ivy Transfer Station, thereby postponing the possibility of using either of two sites proposed for new, privatized, trash convenience centers.
The extended contract with the Ivy station will last from June 30, 2014 to June 30, 2015.
"I'm not ready to rush and close the Ivy Transfer Station right now in my opinion," said Supervisor Diantha McKeel. "I'd like to see what else we can do that would not mean locating something at Keene or at Mill Creek right now."
About 300 people turned out for the board's public hearing Wednesday night, lots of them out to defend the Mill Creek or Keene areas from becoming home to a trash convenience center.
“We, everybody here, decides what services we want you to give us. We decide. You don't tell us what services you're willing to provide,” said John Martin, who attended the hearing.
Those in the Mill Creek area say the center would be too close to schools and bring additional traffic. And some people at the hearing said the road leading to the Keene site is too dangerous.
"Speeding, tailgating, and sharp curves are a dangerous combination and adding a commercial entrance will only make matters worse," John Eichenberger said at the hearing.
Others just seemed fed up with the term "convenience center."
Miles Weiss, who was also at the hearing, said, “Since the county insists on calling a dump a convenience center, I'm deciding I'm no longer bald."
Albemarle County was trying to transition from public to privatized trash centers by ending its contract with the Ivy landfill, and still plans to do so. But for now, not only are the Mill Creek and Keene locations off the table, but supervisors have also suspended consideration of any site until a long-term waste management assessment for the county can be done.
"Let's look at what the progressive practices are, who our partners can be, what the role of government is, what the role of the private sector is," said Jane Dittmar, chair of the board. "Then I think we could take a look at this and figure out what direction we want to go in without foreshadowing what that direction is."
Albemarle Votes to Extend Ivy Transfer Station ContractMore>>