by Asad Harrington
What I want to improve is the smell that comes from the water facility in Freemansburg. It’s unbearable, unnecessary and destructive. People can’t even come outside to sit on their porches because the smell is so bad. That’s unfair for homeowners, ruins the value of their homes. It would be hard if they wanted to move and sell their house. It would be hard because of the smell. That smells need to go, now!
When I’m out walking, I love being outside … the fresh air, the blue sky…except when I go into Freemansburg. Instead of smelling fresh air, I smell fresh crap! I don’t live there; but whenever I drive by I smell the foul odor and it just makes me want to vomit. It’s a huge cancer growing on our community, not just effecting the neighbors. Plaintiffs Robin and Dexter Baptiste, both home owners in the Freemansburg area, filed lawsuits demanding a total of 5 million dollars. I have an uncle who lives in Freemansburg but whenever I go to his house I never smell anything. When I came across the article about the lawsuit, I was highly surprised. Those who can afford to live out from under this noxious cloud do, those who can’t…can’t. I understand both sides, people must be free to live where they can afford, but I favor the people who have to live with the smell everyday which is simply wrong.
Don Hallock, the district manager for Waste Connections declined to comment on the lawsuit. He’s against it of course, and doesn’t think any changes should be made. (delete) I demand that the water facility to do something or move to where there are no people. The Authority is bringing in a lot of money, (please check about the water authorities finances) and money is at the root of why they don’t want to move. They even plan to upgrade the facility, (delete) expanding it so that more towns around the Lehigh Valley area can send their stink there. They have to understand the frustrations and annoyance of the people who live around the facility,Who can blame them; I wouldn’t want to smell that horrible stench either. But with the new upgrades (delete) I insist the Authority improve and get rid of the smell.
Editors’ note: It’s not entirely clear to us whether he is talking about the landfill operated by Waste Connections or the city’s sewage treatment plant or both; we’ve published this as delivered at Festival Unbound.