March 19, 2014
Yard waste drop off closures
The closure of the Greene County yard waste site at 2145 Greene Way Blvd, Xenia, is a tragic disservice to the residents of Greene County. In 2013 the yard waste site had 25,436 drop-offs and is well used by county residents. The unnecessary closure must be stopped.
The point of privatizing any program is for a value added quality of life benefit. Many governing entities have privatized, but only when it did not diminish the quality of life or have a negative impact on the people it serves. This closure clearly does not meet these parameters.
In fact, what the privatizing does is give away a valuable asset. Currently, brush is turned into mulch for Greene County organizations and residents for use without charge. With this closing the additional mulch costs may force many county organization users to decrease some of their programs or pass the increased costs on to the general public. Greene County residents will also be faced with these additional mulch costs. The bottom line: Greene County Organizations and residents will either have to buy the mulch back or go without.
The Beavercreek City Council has voiced concern about illegal yard waste dumping. Greene County residents will be resentful with this unnecessary closing and disinclined to keep Greene County Greene. And rightly so, when this wonderful facility sets unused, deteriorating for no reason. A facility specifically built to support the Greene County community yard waste disposal requirements.
The site closing is being promoted as saving Greene County $200,000; but, this figure needs an in-depth validation. Will this savings actually materialize or is it just a case of “smoke and mirrors”, being used to put some validity to a clearly flawed plan. Also, please remember the site isn’t even paid for yet and won’t be until 2028.
It is my understanding the governing body of Greene County is in place for the betterment of the County. To destroy this wonderful program, which clearly is a valued asset, is to disregard the voices of the very residents the Greene County Commissioners were elected to serve.
— Dianne Caughell, Xenia