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Fw: Mindy Lyle E-Mail

  • To: Bernard Caton
  • Subject: Fw: Mindy Lyle E-Mail
  • From: Michele Evans/Alex
  • Date: 27 May 2008 12:35:04
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----- Forwarded by Michele Evans/Alex on 05/27/2008 12:34 PM -----
Jim Hartmann/Alex

05/26/2008 04:42 PM

"Del Pepper" <Del Pepper>
"Adam Thiel" <text converted to image to prevent junkmail harvesting>, "Michele Evans" <text converted to image to prevent junkmail harvesting>
Re: Fwd: Mindy Lyle E-MailLink

Will do. Also FYI, we will be making a presentation regarding this facility during the CM orals.

  From: DELPepper
05/26/2008 04:35 PM EDT
Jim Hartmann
Fwd: Mindy Lyle E-Mail

 Jim:  Could you ask the Fire Chief to respond to Mindy's inquiries?  Del

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----- Message from "mindylyle" on Mon, -----
<Del Pepper>,

The one thing I asked about and have still not received a response to is the question; What are the emergency preparedness plans in relation to this facility?  It will be too late to decide once an accident happens.  Also, there are many streets in Cameron Station not on city emergency response maps.  This should be corrected immediately if not sooner.
Mindy Lyle
5235 Tancreti Lane
Alexandria, VA  22304
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-----Original Message-----
Del Pepper [mailto:Del Pepper]
Monday, May 26, 2008 4:07 PM
Re: Meeting Tuesday night.

Ingrid;  Sorry not to have gotten back to you sooner.  By now you should have received the Mayor's response to your  e-mail concerning the Norfolk Southern Ethanol Transloading Facility.  On Tuesday we will be discussing the issue at the City Council meeting--probably under City Manager Orals. I believe that there will be a presentation and all the involved parties will be there--City Manager, City Attorney, Fire Chief, etc.  
City Council members first heard of the facility just a few hours before Hartmann released his May 15, 2008 memo. We were told that the City Attorney had ruled that a recent decision of the federal Surface Transportation Boards made it impossible for us to stop it from coming.  We were told that there was nothing that the City or Council could do.
No member of Council wants this sort of use and we would be willing to do whatever we could to fight it.  I have sent a copy of the Manager's memo to Jim Moran in the hopes that he can help us.
In a conversation with Joe Bennett, who is following all of this from his computer, he felt that Council and the community should have been notified earlier.  There are Cameron Station residents that have an impressive network of contacts and plenty of expertise.  They should have been allowed the opportunity to look out for their own interests. I suggested that if it wasn't too late, maybe the staff should work with the residents (probably through the civic association) to come up with an approach.   Is that a possibility?
I think Norfolk Southern saw the Waste To Energy Facility, the impound lot, and Virginia Paving and thought that this was such an industrial area, that their use would fit right in.  They seemed to have overlooked the existence of all of Cameron Station,  Summers Grove, and Tucker School.
I certainly stand ready to do whatever I can to prevent this use--or at this point to discontinue this use.  It has no place in a community like Alexandria.
Del Pepper  

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