Dallas South News Wire (Paul Quinn College)
A proposed city of Dallas plan to funnel an overwhelming majority of the city’s garbage to the McCommas Bluff Landfill has local residents up in arms. Determined to ensure that area residents are adequately informed and engaged, Paul Quinn College and District 8 Councilman Tennell Atkins are convening a “Trash Goes South: Trash to Treasure” town hall Meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 28 in the Comer and Isabell Cottrell Student Union Building on the campus of the College.
The town hall meeting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided by the Food for Good Farm at Paul Quinn College. The city of Dallas has proposed the Resource Control Ordinance, known as “Trash to Treasure,” which includes sending most of the city’s trash, garbage, and solid waste to the McCommas Bluff Landfill – just 2.3 miles away from the Highland Hills community. City officials claim the new ordinance will increase the amount of trash collected from 1 million tons to 1.9 million tons per year and net the city $18 million in revenue annually.
However, details of how the measure will benefit local residents and result in sustainable economic development to the area are unclear. The idea that the landfill may be expanded before a quality grocery store is built has angered area residents.
Paul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell has issued a call to action. The Highland Hills community and Paul Quinn College challenge the city to build a grocery store and a pharmacy, and create a solid neighborhood development plan before asking the College and local residents to support the trash measure.
“For more than 20 years, the people of this community have trusted the city of Dallas to show them the same respect and care that the city shows their brethren in other areas of the city,” President Sorrell said. “Yet time and time again we have been disappointed and disrespected. I don’t remember seeing a garbage dump down the street from SMU or the folks in Uptown being asked to survive without grocery stores. Enough is enough. The days of mistreating this community are over.”