The closure of the Walkersville yard waste disposal site is another example of how the Frederick County Council ignores the needs of those of us who reside in the northern part of the county. The Walkersville disposal site was established because Walkersville’s elected officials recognized that its residents had no practical way to dispose of their yard waste.
The comment by Kevin Demosky, the head of county waste management, that “there are better ways of managing material” is an example of how tone-deaf our county government can be. “Better” for Mr. Demosky and the county perhaps, but not better for those of us who have to navigate our way to the Reichs Ford Road site.
For the last three-plus years, one or more roads that we northern county residents use to get to Reichs Ford Road have been closed, all requiring detours. A round trip to dump a single pickup load of yard waste can take 2½ hours. We can make it to Harrisburg and back in less time. Rather than close the Walkersville site, the county could have listened to the citizen suggestions that were printed in The Frederick News-Post: Install a couple of video cameras, erect a more imposing sign prohibiting commercial use, and have a county law enforcement officer drop by now and then. Issue a few tickets to violators. These inexpensive and simple solutions were ignored.
Maybe the County Council needs to be reminded that quite of bit of the county lies north of Monocacy Boulevard.