Rob Weir: Transfer station belongs on Glendale Road
To the editor:
I think most Northampton residents understand that the Glendale Road landfill must close. However, the decision to keep the transfer station at its Locust Street location rather than using the current dump site for that purpose is ill advised. Although some residents enjoy socializing at Locust Street, the routine backups on Route 9 testify that it long ago outstripped its ability to handle trash and recycling efficiently. It is, simply, too small and poorly situated. It is located across the street from a school, yards from the hospital and is accessed from the city’s major throughway, in and out of the city’s core.
Moreover, it incurs needless expense in the form of hiring police officers to direct vehicles in and out of the tight facility. Glendale Road, which will see an overall decline in traffic once trash haulers are no longer go there, is much more spacious, diverts traffic from the core and accommodates traffic without a hired officer. I fail to see the logic in keeping the vest-pocket Locust Street facility open. It’s like trying to cram a size 10 foot into a size 7 shoe — a needlessly expensive shoe at that.
Northampton should not allow sentiment to rule decision-making as it makes decisions about how to deal with its solid waste stream. Use Locust Street for storing city equipment and move the transfer station to Glendale Road, which is big enough to handle it.