Fenwick defends Van der Linde
Independent City Council candidate Bob Fenwick held a press conference today at Peter Van der Linde’s $11 million Zion Crossroads recycling facility, at which he dropped off some trash of his own (concrete scraps, yard waste, and a broken weed trimmer) and called on Charlottesville City Council to rescind the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority’s $20 million RICO lawsuit against the recycler.
“We have two governments going after Peter Van der Linde using my tax money and my water fees,” said Fenwick. “Their staff attorney has been reported to be charging $515 an hour. This is a monumental waste of time and money.”
As an area businessman for 30 years, Fenwick said that Van der Linde’s struggle with the RSWA “struck a chord,” and like the YMCA plans for McIntire Park, seemed like another case of “government not following the will of the people.” Fenwick said he’s tried to find out the RSWA’s side of the story, but to no avail.
“Why doesn’t someone from the County Board of Supervisors or City Council stand before us and tell us why this lawsuit is a good idea?” Fenwick asked. “They have publicly accused this man of being a criminal, and now they hide from public comment.”
Fenwick also criticized the RSWA’s recent discussion on adopting a flow control ordinance, which would give the Authority monopoly control over trash collection and shut Van der Linde’s facility down, questioning director Tom Frederick’s recent statements.
“Tom Frederick says flow control is off the table for now,” said Fenwick. “Does he really think the public is stupid? It’s off the table only until after the election. This is political deceit. After the election, they will do whatever they want, ruin this man and destroy a leading green industry in our area.”
Afterwards, Van der Linde guided Fenwick and reporters on a tour of the facility, which included a glimpse of the new household garbage handling facility, which Van der Linde says should be operational once his permits are approved, which he hopes will be in the next week or two.