More than 200 residents and registered voters of Cortland Township voted overwhelmingly to reject the proposal by Waste Management of Illinois for a more than seven-fold expansion of the DeKalb County Landfill. The vote was taken at a special meeting authorized by the Illinois Township Code (60 ILCS 1/30-120) Sec. 30-120.
The meeting was held at the Cortland Township garage in an effort to accomodate the large audience. Those in attendance had to register to prove residence and voter registration before the meeting. Residents and registered voters of Cortland Township (Electors) were given lapel stickers with “voter” written on them. Non-residents were given “non-voter” stickers and were separated from the Electors. Only the Electors were allowed to vote or speak.
Frankie Benson was nominated and elected Moderator for the meeting. Richard Hahin made the motion to adopt the resolution, which in its final form read:
“Be it therefore resolved by a vote of the Electors of the Cortland Township that no expansion of the DeKalb County Landfill will be allowed in Cortland Township – in size of the facility, in the amount of waste material accepted at the facility, or in the origination points from which waste is hauled.”
Representatives from the County including Ruth Ann Tobias (chair) and DeKalb County States Attorney, John Farrell, and WMI attorney Don Moran, all believe the meeting was legally a moot point.
Cortland residents resorted to the measure, as permissible under 60 ILCS 1/30-120 — Sec. 30-120, because many felt the County Board, none of whom live in Cortland Township, had sold the dumping rights to WMI and 17 northern Illinois counties in a hosting agreement and their town council had sold their rights to object to the application in return for a one time $1 million payment plus other financial considerations.
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