Janice E. Mitich 
Member since Mar 3, 2010

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Re: “More Trash Talk

One must wonder what made this piece of property ideal for a dump? In the Pima County 1992 report on possible sites for a new landfill, sites were disqualified if they "... were in an incorporated area; if the land was a park, forest, or Indian Reservation; all land in a 100 year floodplain; all land within 1 mile of a major watercourse; land with grandfathered water rights; all land within 10,000 feet of an airport runway; all land within 1 mile of active wells in the Tucson Water well fields; mountain areas and areas with rocky outcrops; all areas with more than 10 persons per section or within 1 mile of an area with more than 50 persons per section."

The Marana site will be in an incorporated area once annexation is done; is between the east and west branches of the Brawley Wash (a major water course); is in a 100 year floodplain; has grandfathered water rights; is practically on top of active Tucson water wells; is just west of the Marana Regional Airport; and is within 1 mile of areas with more than 50 persons per section. Six outta nine is BAD!

So, what made this site so attractive to the Marana Town Council? Mmmm-- Does the fact that Michael Racy, spokesman for DKL Holdings, is a paid lobbyist for the Town of Marana? Oh, and we mustn't forget that the Vice-Mayor just happens to own this piece of fallow farmland. And is it a coincidence that the Vice-Mayor also owns land that, along with adjacent State Land (currently used for grazing), is up for annexation by Marana as a site for a solar power plant just west of Marana High School? My, My, My...Has Vice-Mayor Kai discovered a full-proof means of lining his pockets?

Guess we County land owners better find out if the Vice-Mayor owns land near us? We, too, could wake up one morning to find out we have been annexed with a tire or computer recycling plant, or a maximum security prison, or a sand and gravel pit, or who knows what right next door. Yikes, the stuff of nightmares!

Posted by Janice E. Mitich on 03/18/2010 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Trash Troubles

In the Feb 4 community meeting with Mr. Racy at the Sky Rider Cafe/Marana Regional Airport; Mr. Racy kept answering citizens' concerns with ..."a study has been done.."regarding the issue. When a resident of Silverbell West neighborhood, just north of the proposed site, asked Mr. Racy, where were all the people that were making the surveys/collecting data for the studies because they had seen any strange vehicles or people in the area. Mr. Racy, then quickly backpedaled and said that the studies "...were based on computer models." Just what we all wanted to hear.

Several citizens have asked Mr. Racy to provide documentation of all the "other" sites that he said the Town officials looked at before deciding that Vice-Mayor's property was "ideal" for a land fill that will be in place for 50 to 70 years & will have a mound of dirt in excess of 200 feet high (20 stories)! Neither he nor DKL Holdings has provided any documents. The only thing ideal about this whole matter is the money that Mr. Kai, the town, and Mr. Racy stand to make in this deal.

At the Marana Planning Commission meeting, Mr. Racy made an hour and a half presentation instead of the ususal 15 minutes. He assured the Commissioners that there would be a $20 million dollar bond in case of any harm or environmental mishap...perhaps the liners leaking??? Just how much will $20 million buy in 75 years? $20 million won't touch the cost of cleaning up the aquifer (if that is possible) after toxic chemicals have filtrated into it. Nor will it pay for desalination plants and the piping to bring us water from the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of Calif.)
This precious aquifer provides water to Nogalas north to Pichaco Peak, over to Oracle, all of Tucson, east to include Vail, and west to the Silverbell Mts. WAKE UP TUCSON!

Posted by Janice E. Mitich on 03/03/2010 at 11:44 PM

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