Seguin Gazette – Locals sound off on proposed landfill “This group (SPOD) has pledged to fight this thing with whatever it takes,” Watts said, “Sooner or later, we’re going to win.” His forecast of victory for the opposition prompted loud applause, cheers and whistles from the crowd.
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There were over 800 seats set up in the coliseum and there were people still standing in the back so we don’t know an actual count. We want to thank Sen Jeff Wentworth and Rep John Kuempel for scheduling this public meeting. Rep Kuempel was present and he cordially mixed with people through out the evening. Other dignitaries who were in attendance. The Guadalupe County Judge, commissioners Jim Wolverton and Kyle Kutcher, Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Mathis, many other city and county officials as well as their legal council. We are very pleased with the water industries representation and a large number of their staff and legal council made formal comments to TCEQ. There were a very large number of citizens who also spoke during the open comments session. TCEQ stopped those comments due to a large number of people wanting to speak in the essence of allowing formal comments to be made before people started to leave. Over 30 stakeholders, their legal council and others opposing the dump signed up and made formal comments. There was only one person who spoke publicly for the dump.
There were over 1300 signed petitions in opposition to the proposed site submitted to TCEQ last night. We had a large number of petitions signed and turned in to us last night that are not included in that number.
The meeting started at 7 pm and officially ended at 10:05 pm
The number of people opposing the proposed site was very impressive. We hope that this is significant to TCEQ in their future evaluations. TCEQ acknowledged to all present that everything would be available to the public after their information and review is complete. They also stated that the original 68 issues as submitted in Parts I and II were returned to their office April 23, 2012 however they have not had time to evaluate those issues but when they are through their comments, they will also be posted and available for Public viewing.
Finally, we want to thank the TCEQ for setting up and hosting the meeting. We appreciate the opportunity to be heard.