Merriam-Webster defines “structure” as:
1: the action of building…
2a: something (such as a building) that is constructed…
b: something arranged in a definite pattern of organization…
To my eye, all of these definitions can be applied to Keystone Sanitary Landfill and the Mount Trashmore its owners want to inflict on Dunmore, Throop and the entire region for generations. Landfills are built from the ground up, just like any other structure, yet KSL lawyers have again asked Dunmore officials to amend the borough zoning ordinance to specifically exclude the landfill as a structure.
The Dunmore Zoning Hearing Board sided with the landfill in 2015. That decision was upheld by Northampton County Senior Judge Leonard N. Zito, who got the case after every Lackawanna County judge bowed out. As an attorney, Zito represented a landfill seeking expansion over the objections of its neighbors.
I first reported about Zito’s past in April 2017. I am not making it up. Read about Judge Zito here.
The zoning change is necessary, because the current ordinance prohibits structures higher than 50 feet. If Keystone gets approval for a near-50-year expansion, Mount Trashmore will be the highest non-structure in Northeast Pennsylvania. Not only is the KSL request ridiculous, it is also ill-timed. Friends of Lackawanna and six neighbors of the landfill appealed Judge Zito’s decision.
The appeal remains active. Until it’s resolved, Dunmore officials have no business acting on KSL’s request.
For the rest of the story, read Times-Tribune Staff Writer Jeff Horvath‘s excellent report here, and consider showing up for tonight’s Dunmore planning commission meeting at 7 p.m. at the borough building, 400 S. Blakely St.
If you believe landfills are structures and that Mount Trashmore would ruin the region, be at the Dunmore Community Center at 7 p.m. on May 15. The borough will accept public comment on the proposed zoning amendment. Give it to ’em good and loud.