Let's make 2013 the year we start to #RebuildNC

TWO THOUSAND TWELVE was a difficult year for public investments in North Carolina. We saw even more cuts to vital services on which the entire state depends, and the inadequate funding so many of our schools and other public structures have suffered through since the start of the Great Recession has become the new baseline by which some NC lawmakers will judge future spending decisions.

Affect on NC of Tues. Marlboro landfill trial

A hearing before Judge Michael Nettles will determine whether or not DHEC has the authority to force the residents in and around Marlboro County to accept a mega-dump in the community. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Marlboro County Courthouse. The proposed location for the landfill is between Highways 38 and 177, just south of Hamlet, NC. It is for 6,500 Tons Per Day, over twice what is allowed by NC Statutes. Two articles below the fold:

Marlboro landfill trial on Feb. 21-22

Feb 21 2012 10:00 am

A hearing is scheduled at 10:00 am for Tuesday-Wednesday, February 21-22, at the Marlboro County Courthouse, located on Main Street in Bennettsville. SC. This relates to a lawsuit that Marlboro County filed in 2007 against the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, alleging improper procedures and challenging the constitutionality of DHEC’s landfill permitting regulations.

Talking points:
1) North Carolina has a lot at stake, because the entrance to the landfill is in NC, near Hamlet. NC would bear the brunt of 1) train and truck traffic, thus burdening our infrasture; and 2) bring the accompanying garbage juice and trash spills. A packed Courthouse, including North Carolinians, could exert a positive impact at the hearing.

2) The landfill would accept 6,500 Tons Per Day ... a mega-mega-landfill, more than twice the size allowed by the NC Legislature, which is 3,000 Tons Per Day. Marlboro's 13,000 Tons Per Year would take up just two days worth. By comparison, Scotland County's first proposal was for 5,000 Tons Per Day.

Our Failing Public Infrastructure

Today at our house in Fuquay Varina, all the lights went out, followed in seconds by a loud boom. It took us a few minutes to figure out that a local electric transformer a mile or so away had probably exploded, most likely from an overload in the 99 degree heat. It took about 2 hours to restore electricity in our neighborhood.

When it comes to road money, Charlotte gets Screwed

Several of you have expressed an interest in getting updates on what is happening in the Charlotte area. If you've ever driven around this city, you already know that much of what we talk about locally centers on transportation. As we struggle to add a light rail system and other modern mass transit options, we also sadly find ourselves still stuck in the roads mode and one reason is that Charlotte rarely gets its fair share of money from the state. Our municiple roads aren't repaired because we wind up having to foot the bill to repair state roads in our area since Basnight and the gang out East gobble up all the state road money to pave rural roads that nobody travels. (sour grapes much?)

Meanwhile, the projects consistently rising to the top of the list have been in the Eastern North Carolina district of Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight, D-Dare. Seven of his eight counties were in the top 20 on a per-capita basis, though many have small populations that can skew the ranking.

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