We hope everyone made it through the rain over the last several days without any problems. There was a lot flooding in areas where we know we have supporters for our cause to prevent the proposed mega landfill in Cumberland County.
Please mark your calendars for the Community Townhall meeting on September 13, 2020, when Senator Hashmi from District 10, is our scheduled guest speaker. The meeting is held at 3 p.m. at 11 Davenport Road, Cumberland, VA.
UPCOMING FUNDRAISING EVENTS
The Fundraising Committee (aka Eager Beavers) met this past week. They are planning several events in the next few months. These events include a small meal following the September 13, 2020 Community Townhall meeting. You can purchase a grilled cheeseburger, drink, and chips for $4.00. If you would also like a hot dog with the meal, you can get one for just $1.00 more or $5.00. What a great deal – you can get a grilled cheeseburger, hot dog, drink and chips all for just $5.00.
The September 13th meeting will also be the kickoff for presales of plates for our 3rd Annual BBQ. The date for this year’s BBQ is October 18, 2020, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The menu for this year’s BBQ has changed. You will have your choice of meat either brisket, pork or Italian sausage (with onions & peppers), roll, baked beans, and coleslaw. The location of the BBQ will be the EZ Go at the intersection of South 45 and 60. We will follow COVID19 guidelines for this function and everything will be packaged to go.
The committee has two other items in the work as well to help get the word out to more people. One is prepare “goodie” bags to hand out at festivals and other organized functions. The second is a letter asking for support to folks in neighboring counties of Cumberland – Powhatan, Goochland, Buckingham, Prince Edward, and Fluvanna. If you would like to help the Eager Beavers with any of these projects please e-mail NoMegaLandfill@LoveCentralVA.com.
LETTERS TO THE CUMBERLAND COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The “Economic Justice for Cumberland County” document signed by four of the five Board members at the July 14, 2020, regular Board meeting has sparked interest among residents of Cumberland County and surrounding counties. Several of you have written to the Board expressing your opinion on the document they signed. Just in case you missed it in an earlier post, it is provided again
Below is an e-mail sent to the Board of Supervisors concerning the “Economic Justice for Cumberland County” document. We obtained the writer’s permission to post the letter on our website.
“I am writing in response to the signed statement from the Cumberland
Board of Supervisors titled “Economic Justice for Cumberland County
Virginia”, dated July 14, 2020. I understand that this statement was
read at the monthly board meeting, however I am still unsure why it was
written, to whom it was written, and for what purpose. At first, I
thought this was written as a joke, however now I realize this is the
sentiment of our new BOS. I had hoped that the new board would bring
integrity, professionalism, and intelligence back to our local
government, however you seem to be moving in the same path as the
outgoing board members.
First, I have to say as a long-time resident of the county, I was
personally ashamed and offended by this document. Second, I would like
to clue each of you in on the fact that Powhatan could care less on the
amount of businesses brought into Cumberland and how prosperous our
citizens become off of the jobs these businesses bring to the county.
The citizens of Powhatan expressed concerns about the impact that a
mega-landfill would have on their lives. As a knowledgeable and
involved board, Powhatan has tried to communicate these concerns to
Cumberland. For the past 20 to 30 years, it has been the local
government of Cumberland that has prevented businesses from coming into
the county. Except for landfills, which the board has tried several
times to bring to fruition. Which leads me to the next point. There
are many citizens of Cumberland county, yes even in each district, that
is not in favor of having a mega-landfill in our county and having trash
brought in from 21 other states to dump here and endanger the lives of
I had truly hoped that each of you would try to understand the reasons
why we do not feel that a landfill is the answer to our financial
problems. Even if the landfill is “not in your backyard”, could you try
to understand the fear and concern of our citizens that this landfill
will bring more problems than the money is worth.
To sign your name to a document that reads “they are out to hinder the
ability for people in Cumberland County to make a living” and “activist
from outside that county are trying to prevent Cumberland citizens from
prospering” and “Powhatan County is attempting to do, stifle growth in
Cumberland County”. Seriously, do you really think that Powhatan County
“is out to get you”. No, they are concerned about the long-lasting
negative impact that having a mega-landfill will have for their
citizens. Same as Cumberland citizens, remember the ones that you were
elected to represent?
Please stop embarrassing the citizens of Cumberland by writing this
nonsense. I am truly disappointed in each of you that was willing to
sign your name to this document.”