On Saturday, March 12, 2005 the following letter appeared in the Daily Chronicle.
I can see the sign now: “Cortland – The Garbage Capital of the Suburbs!”
Picture lines of 18-wheelers as all roads lead to Cortland. More trucks will be crowding onto already busy local highways. It will mean a destruction of farmland as more acres are gobbled up for major landfill expansion. It will mean the ever-existing danger of groundwater pollution and the many other possible dangers to our environment. It will present a real challenge to the quality of life in DeKalb County!
You see, Waste Management, owner of the DeKalb County landfill, is salivating at the opportunity to annex to Cortland. Then the two could apply to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for a major landfill expansion permit and become designated as a regional landfill facility with the ability to bring in garbage from anywhere. Today, the landfill is restricted to no more than 10 percent of total volume from out of county, with about 14 years of capacity remaining at the present site.
There is major money in the garbage business, and Cortland will be offered sweet incentives. The county also can be offered a piece of the action. The temptation will be great.
During the past months, we have observed questionable leadership on the part of the town of Cortland, as uncontrolled growth is about to be unleashed. Cortland does not have the financial resources needed to provide the infrastructure and the services for thousands of homes that are on the drawing board. The town will be headed toward serious financial difficulty.
It just so happens that a Cortland town election is scheduled for April 5. A mayor and three trustees will be elected. They will have a majority vote to make a decision on these huge issues. I ask the residents of Cortland and DeKalb County to give serious consideration to these issues. Make your opinions known to these candidates in the upcoming days.
Is this what we want for DeKalb County? Since when is it our responsibility to provide a home for Chicagoland’s garbage? Do we want a huge permanent landmark, dwarfing what we have already built along Highway 88, as the gateway to DeKalb County? Let the debate begin. The stakes are high. Shall Cortland become the “Garbage Capital of Chicago and the Suburbs”?
Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee DeKalb County Board