Thursday, October 12, 2000

Waste-site process criticized by mayor

By Robert Anglen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken says any neighborhood that doesn't want a trash dump shouldn't be forced to take one.

        After eight sites in four neighborhoods were identified as potential locations for a new waste-transfer station, the mayor said Wednesday he wouldn't consider any that didn't have community support.

        Mr. Luken told City Manager John Shirey the process appeared to have blindsided residents who found out from news reporters that their neighborhoods were being considered.

        “I have restrained myself,” he said during Wednesday's council meeting. “If you want to get into this, I will.”

        The sites — in Bond Hill, Carthage, Millvale and Westwood — were ranked by a citizens advisory committee, which based scores on several factors, including proximity to homes and the amount of pollution the site would contribute to an area.

        The top location is a former Procter & Gamble site in Bond Hill near the Norwood Lateral and Interstate 75.

        Mr. Shirey said residents will be included in the process as the number of sites is narrowed down. He denied sites were chosen because they were located in predominantly African-American neighborhoods.

        “I do think it's a slap in the face to neighborhoods,” Councilwoman Alicia Reece told the mayor. “I certainly support you 150 percent on this.”

        Ms. Reece, who has proposed a $30 million reinvestment plan for Bond Hill, said it could derail efforts to eradicate blight.

        “It makes neighbors feel like they don't have any power to stop this,” she said.


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