In a letter to the editor sent to several papers, Jennifer (Jenn, Jen) Swift sent the following:
To the Editor:News “writer“, Anthony Bellano, was correct is using the word “boondoggle” in his story about the Cumberland County Improvement Authority. The CCIA is now indeed a boondoggle. With the arrival of a new $130,000 “consultant, with absolutely no experience in running a landfill, our rates are going up, up, up. This was predictable.For years, under Steve Wymb’s leadership, the CCIA provided the best rates for local taxpayers, initiated and sustained one of the best recycling programs in the state, had an excellent bond rating, and was on the cutting edge of programs which benefited the community in many ways.Now, the CCIA board will revert to running a “dump” in Deerfield.In his “story”, Bellano states that Wymbs was “ousted” and has “all but disappeared”. It is my impression that the agreement between Wymbs and the CCIA board calls for no “badmouthing” between the parties. I guess it doesn’t count if you have the “newspaper” do it for you.I can assure the “writer” that Steve Wymbs is alive and well and enjoying life again, after being put through years of aggravation. He is the true winner in the situation. We lose.Jennifer SwiftBridgeton, NJ
The bit in the papers about Wymbs “disappearing” is a red herring. Steve was relieved of his position, and is now in private life. Why should a private citizen feel compelled to make public appearances? This is a slanderous deception, most likely being made at Lou Magazzu’s insistence, to make it appear that there is something covert.
Wymbs has honored his agreement to not badmouth the authority or the powers that be. However Lou and his boy Rainear cannot seem to honor any agreement. they have begun, it seems, a campaign to slander Wymbs at any expense.
There seems to be a big stink over the bioreactor process not working. Well, DUH! They never completed the project, so of course it is not going to work! THEY made the decision to stop the project when it was nearly completed.
I am not an expert, and it does appear that some mistakes were made, and maybe the budget was overspent. However, using the bioreactor processes, aerobic and anaerobic, both work in speeding up the process of breaking down waste. If you do a search on both processes, you will find “experts” on both sides, lauding or denigrating the processes. One needs to dig further to see who is paying the “experts” on either side. I am neither – and perhaps the anonymous commissioner is correct, an audit does need to be performed by an unbiased outside source.
I am neither friend nor foe of Wymbs. However, when a newspaper article comes out with earthshaking news, and the bulk of the story is an essay of character assassination more than an expose of facts and figures, and when that character assassination in direct contradiction to a contractual agreement reached by both parties – well something smells, and it ain’t in Denmark!