The county is facing an expensive problem concerning the CCIA (Cumberland County Improvement Authority), and ostensibly uncovered by our hero Don Rainear. Lou Magazzu is repeatedly bringing up former CCIA Director Steve Wymb’s name in vain, despite what I understand is an agreement between both parties not to do so.
Steve has been mum, honoring the agreement that was part and parcel of his departure from the CCIA. Lou has done anything but honor this agreement. Was it a gentleman’s agreement? If so, that explains it. Lou is anything but a gentleman.
The problem, as described in the Daily Journal, is thus:
The landfill needs regular pumping because water that seeps in cannot get out due to waterproof lining materials. Most water gathers at the bottom of the landfill.
Wastewater levels at the Deerfield facility are much higher than normal because of unusually abundant snowmelt and rainfall in the past several months. That’s also caused an increase in disposal costs.
That surge concerns the authority, already hurting financially from a deep decline in the amount of waste coming to its landfill.
According to Lou, Wymbs is to blame for the inordinate amount of snowfall this year, and hence the cost in disposing of the waste-water. But let’s put on our tinfoil hats and imagine another scenario.
Lou Magazzu as Freeholder Director as well as Chair of the county Democratic party dictates who gets to run for office, and who doesn’t. His Freeholders are all hand-picked to do his bidding. The Freeholders have say in appointments to both the CCIA and CCUA (Cumberland County Utilities Authority) boards.
Now we know that the CCUA has Vineland and Millville residents in positions even though the authority does not serve either town. Is it possible that the CCUA is refusing to take the CCIA waster water as a way to force the authority to send the expensive process to Lou’s friends in Gloucester County?
We know that Stephen Sweeney, Gloucester County Freeholder and a top Democrat in the state gave Lou $6,000 for his failed NACo run. Is this just another way to justify giving Cumberland County money to Lou’s political friends in other counties?
It is too early to see how this swindle is going to play out. What we do know is that once again Lou is reaching into Cumberland wallets and sending the money away.