Wednesday, November 24, 2010

White Street Landfill, Jim Kee, Bob Mays, Paul Gilmer, Danny Thompson, John Hammer and Amanda Lehmert

…The push behind this proposal
is coming from former Greensboro City Councilmember Bob Mays,
who is the project manager of Cico LLC, which has been set up for this project.

...Bob Mays…asked the council issue an RFP
so they could talk to the council about their plans for the entire White Street area
without having to worry about their proprietary information being used by a competitor...

Mays said that in the first year of Cico’s operation of the White Street Landfill,
the city would save $16 million
and would save at least $5 million a year every year after that.

The council discussed holding a special briefing
to hear from Mays and Gilmer but it didn’t appear the votes were there.

John Hammer
Rhino Times, September, 2009

"Councilmen Jim Kee and Danny Thompson called the closed session "to discuss matters relating to the location or expansion of industry or other businesses to the city of Greensboro."

[former city councilmember and CICO "Project Manager] Robert Mays,
who came to the council last week to discuss reopening the White Street Landfill.

Mays wanted ...a confidential conversation with council members about his plans.

Amanda Lehmert
Greensboro News and Record, September 23, 2009

...But some of their colleagues expressed concern about going into the closed session, with the assumption that it would be about CICO Inc.

Didn't Mr. Kee just put Paul Gilmer, who is a CICO partner,
on Greensboro's Zoning Commission?

Isn't most of the land around White Street zoned residential?

The waste-to-energy company Energy-Inc. has said it might bring a manufacturing facility to Greensboro -- if the city partners with local business CICO Inc. to dispose of trash.

What does "partner" mean?

Didn't a former Greensboro mayor
try to "parnter" with a relatively unknown outfit
with $500 million taxpayer dollars?

CICO was slated to present its trash proposal to the council, until the board threw out the bids.

...Perkins and some other council members have argued that any discussions about the city's trash disposal should continue to be held in public.

...Kee recommended the board move the closed session to their next regular meeting date to try to bring it up again.

"We need to vet these companies and not turn down economic development in Greensboro," Kee said."


If a few purchased relatively inexpensive homes
near a landfill established more than 60 years ago,
why should the many unaffected, who may have paid more for their residences
to avoid potential hazards and easements
be taxed to have trash shipped elsewhere if tax revenues are falling?

"A 2001 consultant’s report projected the White Street option
as costing between $3.60 and $4.30 per household,
versus $9.40 to $13.30 for “out-of-county disposal,”
and $26 to $31 for burning and recycling

…which option serves the greater good?"

Greensboro News & Record Editorial Board

If the City of Greensboro’s average employee salary is about $50,000,
and the city could not spend about $10,000,000 per year
by reopening the White Street Landfill,
could the Council have to choose between shipping our trash to Montgomery County,
or about 200 city jobs, sooner than later?

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