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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Wichita developers want land owners to put up with a landfill –part 2

Sedgwick County Commission ignores public concerns

From Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner;

As expected, the Sedgwick County Commission voted against citizens who wanted to stop a landfill that will be located right next to their land. All of the nearby residents had voiced their opposition to this proposal about a week ago
According to The Wichita Eagle, Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the request. Commissioner Tim Norton voted against it.
This is not really surprising at all. It follows a pattern of a large corporation coming in with a plan and a lot of cash to back it up. The people affected by this business once it is expected to be put in are affectively ignored. The public meetings are really a formality they must follow. By the time any one speaks, they have already made up their mind.
Bob Kaplan, a Wichita lawyer representing the Company wanting to put in the landfill told commissioners not to confuse their role. He said they were only voting on a rezoning and a conditional use permit. That is the same double talk they that is always used to justify ignoring neighbour’s concerns. They look at it only as a technical issue and do not take into consideration how it affects people. Claiming this is just a rezoning is like a bandit asking for a loaded gun and then saying “this doesn’t mean I will shoot it.”
The near by residents plan to keep opposing landfill. They plan to attend all meetings connected to this plan to express their opposition.

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