Politicians Resort To Scare Tactics (So What’s New?)

Politicians Resort To Scare Tactics

(So What’s New?)

A Letter From County Commissioner Larry Harvey
Dear Employers,
This was sent to me two months ago.
I said then and I will say now.
This increase does not need to happen.
This is childish by our administration. A classic example of ‘If I don’t get my way, then you the citizens will have to pay’.
Proposed capital improvements are 4.8 Million. Why?
Join me in fighting that no more wasteful spending occurs in our landfill.
Please attend Tuesdays meeting at 9am.
Thank You 
Larry Harvey
(Due to the volume of email I receive, it might be better to call me or have a face to face meeting.)

Huge hike in county solid waste fee proposed

BY BRANDON D. OLIVER – Palatka Daily News

*This article is strictly for informational purposes, and was not written by the Bass Capital Website.*
Landfill fees could nearly triple if the solid waste group scheduled to meet on Tuesday approves the 
sanitation assessment county officials have suggested.
The Board of County Commissioners will recess its 9 a.m. meeting on Tuesday to allow the Solid Waste District Board – composed of the five commissioners and the mayors of Palatka, Crescent City and Interlachen – to have the first of its two annual public hearings.
County staff has proposed bumping up landfill fees for fiscal years 2014-2015 from $86 per household to $241 per household. Such a large increase is needed mainly “to finish the current mining contract and then to begin on the new cell that has to be built to replace the cell we’re using now that will be exhausted in 2016,” County Administrator Rick Leary said.
If the waste board approves the assessment proposal, the total assessment for households in incorporated
reas would go from $120 this fiscal year to $284 next fiscal year, and assessments households in unincorporated areas would leap from $250 to $404.All households would pay the landfill fee plus a $43 recycling fee, according to county documents. Households in unincorporated areas –Welaka, Pomona Park and Interlachen – would also pay $120 in waste collection fees. Palatka and Crescent City, the incorporated areas, don’t pay collection fees since the cities collect their own garbage.
The waste board will set the assessment when it meets Tuesday, Leary said, and it will vote to approve the figure when it meets again August 26. But there is a chance –depending on if and how the county commissioners vote on the privatization of the Putnam County Central Landfill on July 29 – that the
assessment set during the waste board’s first meeting could be changed during its final meeting, Leary said.If commissioners were to approve the sale of the landfill to Republic Services of Florida, the private landfill company would be responsible for the new landfill cell development, on-site leachate treatment costs and other areas of landfill operation county staff has listed as reasons to increase the waste assessments.
“Depending on what happens on the 29th of July, that could directly affect the budget,” Leary said.
The proposed 2014-2015 budget is currently set at $118,467,395, but Leary said it could be lower if the sale
were to be approved. Republic’s attorney,Matthew Morrall, informed the county earlier this week that it has until July 31 to decide whether to sell the landfill before the company withdraws its offer.Commissioners will have another workshop about the privatization on Tuesday at 2 p.m. It is likely they will vote whether to approve the sale a week later.
Proposed Solid Waste Assessment Changes

                        CURRENT         PROPOSED
Landfill Fee          $86                       $241

Municipalities     $120                      $284

Unincorporated    $250                     $404


Hey Teabagger!

Teabagger: Me

Lib:  A statist, big government Progressive that truly thinks that more laws, more government spending and limiting those pesky inalienable rights so brilliantly articulated by our Founding Fathers will bring equality and contentment to the world.

Lib:  Hey Teabagger, you’re a world class idiot hypocrite.  You oppose the Republic landfill deal.  I thought all you right-wingnuts supported free enterprise and capitalism.

Me:  Hey nice to see you too, Lib.  And to answer your snotty hypocrite comment, I largely oppose the deal because You support it.  When Libs tout capitalism as a solution to problems, I smell trouble.  Big Trouble.

Lib: Put your tinfoil hat away Teabagger, and better yet, throw it in the recycle bin.  This deal is  win win.  Putnam County solves the leaky landfill problem, gets Millions up front, and lots more over the life of the contract.  What could you lunatics possibly object to?

Me: Where do I start pinhead?  Negotiating with one company is not capitalism.  It is crony capitalism.  The cronies get fat and the citizens are left scratching their heads wondering what the heck just happened.  No, there’s much more to this than the sunshine illuminates.

Lib:  You’ve really gone over the edge this time Teabagger.  There were originally four bidders in this process.  Republic won fair and square.  This is honest business.

Me:  Lib, you shouldn’t use words you don’t understand, like “honest”.  What really happened?  Were there four bidders, or four responses?  Who wrote the bid documents, and how were they worded.  Tell me about the “honest” selection process.  What do you know about the leaky existing landfill, dork?

Lib:  Come on now Teabagger, everyone knows that the old landfill is leaking, and has to be mined to remove all the recyclables  and transfer the rest of this polluted trash to the new lined landfill.  If not, this pollution will spread and an environmental disaster will erupt.  Birds and fish and crabs and children will die.  IT WILL BE A NIGHTMARE!

Me: Stop hyperventilating Lib. You guys all know that only one monitoring well is showing continuing leakage.  The rest are showing diminishing pollutants.  This problem can be managed.  It’s not the end of the world.  The real reason the old landfill has to be mined and the trash moved is that the new “Mount Trashmore” will be basically, a Pyramid, that will need a very wide base because of the projected height.  And the base must extend over the existing landfill, which is not Kosher, Lib.  So the old one must be cleaned out.  Does it seem curious to you Lib that the mining work began months ago, before the, ahem, negotiations were settled? I smell a big fat landfill rat.

Lib:  But, but, but the EPA says this must be cleaned up soon!  We had to start right away!

Me:  Sure, Lib, sure.  First you create a crisis, then you solve it, and all the smart people make a few bucks in the process.  This problem has been known for a long time, so why the urgency now?  Is this the big chance to cash in?

Lib:  You are a fool Teabagger, and I hate your guts!  So how much are the Koch brothers paying you.  You can’t prove any of this!

Me:  Look Lib, you don’t know what I can prove.  And besides, there is much more to this.  We have just scratched the surface. There are many more curious nuggets of corrupt garbage to be mined here,


Me:  Sorry Lib, I’ve had enough of your insults.  Go take a few valiums and calm down. We’ll continue this later….

Lib:  I refuse to leave until you tell me everything you know…..

Me: (Interrupting) ….Go away Lib.  I’m going to resort to the nuclear option.  I suggest you leave NOW.

Lib:  No, please don’t do it……

Me:  It’s too late Lib, I told you to leave…….

(When I lit my cigarette, the Lib fled in hasty fear.  I met him again later.  The continuing conversation will be posted soon.)

Landfill Forum Held By Environmental Council

Landfill Forum held by Environmental Council

by I.D. Smith


Last Thursday (22 May 2014) at the Price Martin Center, in
Palatka, the Putnam County Environmental Council hosted
presentations and a well-informed panel that took questions from the audience. Many important issues regarding Municipal-Solid-Waste (trash) were discussed in detail. Some of the most important issues were: recycling to reduce landfill volume, Waste-to-Energy schemes, and contamination now and in the future.

Recycling is the most obvious method of waste-stream reduction. Its biggest problems are its high labor cost and the market for the recycled items. Glass at this time has no value. The market for paper and cardboard vary from week to week. Plastic is worth about 17¢ per pound. Aluminum and steel are always profitable recyclables. A presentation on a Waste-to-energy system sounded too good to be true. The system offered a 3 year payback and converted trash to high-value diesel fuel. When asked why no-one was familiar with this option, the audience was told that this is new technology.

Contamination of the environment was also a great concern of those in attendance. It was explained that the current contamination of the ground water at the old dump will be corrected by the “mining” of the un-lined landfill. This process is underway now and will take years to complete. Contamination from properly lined landfills has historically not been a problem.

The program was a great success considering that no one left without learning something about these complex and important issues.

County Council Hears Citizen Comments

County Council Hears Citizen Comments

by I. D. Smith

On the 6th and 13th of May, Putnam County Council heard citizen comments on the proposed sale of the County landfill.


The comments suggested three main concerns.  One was that the soil and water-table character at the landfill was inappropriate for any landfill operation. Secondly, the existence of a regional landfill would damage the County’s reputation and image. Thirdly, the increased truck traffic would lower the quality of life through-out the county.


Only two speakers were in favor of the sale. And one of those was an employee of Republic Industries.


Overall, I was very proud of the Putnam County citizens who represented themselves so well, presenting their case with clarity and understanding of this complex issue.

Local Action Alert – May 19th, 2014

Putnam Co. Tea Party Patriots

May 19, 2014


Notice: Putnam Landfill Meeting: Thursday, May 22 – 6:00 PM

Location: Price Martin Center (220 N. 11th Street, Palatka, FL)

Please read the attachment (3 pages); Palatka Daily News article and a short column by Michael Woodard.

Let “we the people” decide. What a novel idea!

Palatka Daily News-Landfill-May 14, 2014