We at BCR took an hour out of a Friday vacation day to trot over to East Durham with City Council's Eugene Brown to check out a few sites of interest.
Kalb, who during the exchange was doing her best Apollo Creed impersonation while Cole-McFadden/Clement looked collectively like that 'roid rage Russian boxer from the "Rocky" movie, meekly replied that Public Works had been unable to find a paltry $80-100k in the department's multi-million dollar budget to pay the tipping (disposal) fees for waste on the site.
Although the activists speaking passionately at the PAC1 meeting were quick to note the irony of the city leaving a dump site in the midst of a neighborhood aimed for revitalization, with a neighborhood center right now, they missed the most delicious, most disgusting part of the irony -- a sign from the heavens that the City hasn't gotten their signs right on this matter.
For your viewing displeasure: what strikes you as ironic about this view on the southern side of Juniper St.:
...being juxtaposed with this sign, sitting dad-gummed across the street from the City's Mini-Me version of the dump?
(Out of curiosity, I wonder what would happen if you took the sign literally and called 560-4137, ext. 266, and reported the City of being in violation of City of Durham Ordinance #9519?)
Yes, that's right. Durham tax dollars paid to put up a "No Dumping" sign right across the street from a blight the same City has placed on a neighborhood.
Hey, we wouldn't want citizens dumping trash near our dump! You have to pay good money to dump stuff off with the City. And if you don't have the money to dump your trash, too bad -- unless, er, you happen to be the City itself. Then you just leave your trash in somebody's neighborhood until you have the money.
Not hard to imagine why someone in City Hall must have insisted this "No Dumping" sign go up. After all, a private citizen might decide to follow the Bull City's own example and lead.
And then, of course, who'd clean up the mess?
Councilman Brown pointed out that, by the by, not everything in the dump even lacks value, for instance.
These big blocks in the foreground? They're cut granite, and they've got some significant value to them in the hands of someone who could use them. (A number of older in-town Durham neighborhoods have granite curbs, in fact.) Brown suggested that a number of landscaping companies would be happy to pick these up gratis and re-use them.
After the display at the PAC1 meeting, one can hope that the administration will find a way to fund an end to this eyesore.
And given that it's an election year, Cole-McFadden and Clement might want to take their own drive over to Juniper St. every now and then to make sure that the City has, in fact, cleaned up the mess.