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Twice now I was surfing on cable and caught a community discussion or a debate on the Frederick County Government Website. Both times it was actually interesting and I learned things about this really great county we live in.
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In both occasions there was spirited debate, I saw our aldermen in action. The first time was not a public discussion (save the cable TV cameras). Apparently the Volunteer Fire Men wanted more of a say in how the manpower they bring to the table is being used. I heard on spokesman for the Volunteers ask for recognition of all the (as yet unknown to me) resources they provide.
The County (broad term I know, it looked to me like it was aldermen, alderwomen, a Fire Department person or two and a Frederick County Lawyer) replied that it didn't seem like an unreasonable request. One County Fire Department guy said they liked it when there was one person to deal with on the volunteer side of requests. It was unclear if there was one person speaking for the volunteers... then it got testy!
Not quite Jerry Springer, but contentious enough to grab my attention. One volunteer guy asked to be considered equals.
That brought out a louder response from a County big whig (I'm sorry I don't know their names yet) He replied:
YOUR NOT EQUAL, I know you pay for a lot but we put up $40,000,000
I didn't know either one of those facts (and I'm glad I stumbled onto this station).
That's how much Frederick County puts into the Fire and Rescue Budget?
wow.... and I found the second part more interesting:
The Volunteers pay for their own vehicles (these are NOT cheap vehicles, they're easily a quarter million dollars a pop)
The second time I tuned in (OK, I didn't go looking on purpose, the history channel had something boring on and I'd seen it already) was a community discussion on the proposed incinerator.
Lots of people spoke up against the incinerator. One guy was eloquent, eloquent enough to grab my attention, an elder women replied that his grasp of the facts was not up to date. He claimed Montgomery County's incinerator is operating at 80% and she said that Montgomery County is telling her that's not the case. The guy said he got his facts from the Internet... Ooops.
The one thing that stood out for me was an older Frederick County representative, again I don't know who is an alderman and who isn't (I'm coming to this interest in local politics rather late in life, but I'm catching up)... the main guy said he heard lots of people say they do not want the damn thing but not one of them had any suggestions as what to do with the left over waste.
And I didn't know this either: Even if you recycle, Even if you recycle a lot, even if you dig the landfill up and reuse (bio fuel? methane collection) you are still going to have crap left over.
And no one wants to talk about what to do with that.
Right now we're trucking the waste out of the county.
Maryland Sen. Alexander X. Mooney said Monday he is willing to support amendments to the bill he introduced Friday to limit where counties could operate and build incinerators.
The bill would bar the state from granting permits for incinerators within one mile of a national park.
If passed, the bill would rule out Frederick County's preferred location for its proposed $527 million incinerator — "the McKinney site," which is located in Buckeystown between I-270 and Md. Route 85 near the Monocacy National Battlefield.
Mooney said he has not yet decided whether or not he supports or opposes an incinerator in Frederick County, but that he "tend[s] to oppose it in general."
He said he has heard "a lot" of opposition to the incinerator, and its proposed location, from his constituents, and that he "agree[s] with their concerns."
So he decided to introduce his bill.
Source: The Frederick Gazette
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