Hope this update finds everyone safe after the storm last week. There was a lot of flooding across the area. Some of it was in places you would expect and there was standing water in areas you would never think possible. The James River overflowed it banks – the first time in over 20 years. Needless to say, there was plenty of flooding in the proposed mega landfill site area.
December Community Townhall Meeting
This meeting is scheduled for December 13, 2020. The Leadership Team met on Saturday and decided the meeting would be totally virtual – no in-person attendance. This decision was made in following the Governor’s revised guidance released on Friday. This means you will be able to attend the meeting via internet access or by calling. More information will follow as soon as we have things finalized.
The Leadership Team meets on a regular basis. We continue to work with our legal counsel, State delegates and senators, and other government officials. The team members are part of meetings with other groups such as Sierra Club. Members of the Leadership Team are always on the alert for an opportunity to promote our cause to prevent the proposed mega landfill from becoming a reality in Cumberland County. This past week was an exceptional busy one with attendance at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday evening, meeting with State Senators, attending a meeting held by the Sierra Club, and an interview by a local paper doing an article on Pinegrove school and the proposed landfill, plus at least one other meeting. These all take time but are so important to fighting our cause. Media coverage is so important to our endeavor. If you know of a lead, please let us know by e-mail at NoMegaLandfill@LoveCentralVA.com.
Holidays and Health
We are fast approaching a major holiday season and we all want to spend time with family and loved ones. But we are at a crossroads with COVID19 and now is not the time to let our guard down. Just this morning, Virginia reported 2,677 new cases with an explanation this number is high due to the computers being down for updates for a short period of time over the weekend. However, Virginia continues to report approximately 1,500 new cases a day and deaths continue to increase.
If you plan to traffic over the holidays, take time and plan carefully and check out things before you leave. For instance, if you plan to stay in a hotel, call ahead and find out their COVID procedures. In addition, when you check in ask when the last time the room they are assigning you was rented out. Make sure your final destination allows you to enter without going through a 14-day quarantine period.
If you plan to stay close to home but visit family and friends, be sure to follow the guidelines and wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands often. There are ways to enjoy the holidays with family and friends, you just have to be inventive on how to accomplish this.
The good news is, there are now reports of two vaccines for COVID19 that may be available in the near future – but not today. In the meantime, please take the necessary cautions – stay healthy and enjoy the upcoming holidays.
Stopping the proposed mega landfill is still the main focus of CCLA; however, your health and well-being are also key. Stay healthy and safe and THANK YOU for your support.