COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — The battle to halt the expansion of the Rumpke Landfill continues and we are seeking your help. First an introduction, my name is Rich McVay and I have been a resident of Colerain Township for over 22 years.
To give you an idea of where I stand on the matter of the landfill expansion, I have attached a talk I shared with the Trustees on September 11, 2012. I firmly believe the decision to stand firm and not expand the Rumpke Dump is the most important decision Trustees Deters, Rinehart and Ritter will ever make.
As you know, the Ohio Supreme Court has denied the assertion by Rumpke that they are a public utility and should not be bound by the Colerain Township Land Use Plan and Zoning Laws and remanded the case back to the Judge Ralph Winkler of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. You may recall that Judge Winkler made the initial ruling that Rumpke was a public utility and free to expand or startup up a dump any-where it owns the land. To date Trustees Deters, Rinehart and Ritter have refused to comment on the status of the case citing “the matter is in litigation.” One must assume, Trustees Deters, Rinehart and Ritter are considering an option of allowing the dump to expand in return for some “favor” to the Township since they have not shared their intent with residents. I am sure you all agree, the expansion of the Rumpke Landfill , a decision that would permit operation well into the mid part of the 21st century, is not in the best interests of Colerain Township Residents. To that end, I am asking you to make a public statement about your interest in denying the Rumpke Landfill expansion!
You may have read in the North West Press that Trustees Deters, Rinehart and Ritter are going to hold a Town Hall Meeting at the Colerain Township Administrative Center on November 27th beginning at 5:30 to provide a status update on Rumpke and a preview of Township Finances. Representatives from the Hamilton County Health District, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Rumpke will attend and residents can get information and ask questions about the chemical reaction and settling occurring at the north end of the landfill and odor control issues at the landfill.
We need your help now in these areas:
- Let us know if you are interested in helping to continue the efforts to block the expansion of the dump by email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss next steps. We welcome your ideas and energy.
- We need as many people as possible to attend the Town Hall Meeting on November 27 who will share their concerns about why expansion of the dump should not be allowed. Send me an email to let me know if you plan on attending the Town Hall Meeting by November 25, so we can coordinate speakers and other roles.
The Northwest Local School District School Closing Study Team recently recommended the closing of Bevis Elementary School due to declining enrollments (see attachment). The study team cites the primary reason for the closure of Bevis Elementary school is how close the school is to the dump. Northwest Local School District parents and administrators are now on record in declaring proximity to the dump is the reason they have recommended to shutter that school. These concerned parents and administrators obviously believe the dump presents a problem in continuing to operate that elementary school.
Once again, your active and immediate support is needed . We will only get “one bite of this apple” and now is the time to let Trustee Deters, Rinehart and Ritter understand cutting a deal and allowing the landfill to expand is not in the best long term interest of Colerain Township Residents. I look forward to hearing from you.