Live Oak —
Suwannee County District 3 Commissioner Ricky Gamble has withdrawn his support for the possible location of medical waste incinerators at the catalyst site in Suwannee County, he announced Saturday.
Gamble said in a letter to Integrated Waste Management Systems Consultant Alberta Hipps, that he must listen to his constituents, who mostly have spoken against the project, and withdraw his support.
Gamble joins a large opposition that is growing steadily.
IWMS is proposing to build four hospital, medical and infectious waste incinerators at the catalyst site in Northwestern Suwannee County. The proposed site is county owned and the county commissioners must vote to approve the land sale to IWMS. However, if the commissioners don't choose to sell the company land, the company can still pursue other land in the area.
The letter to Hipps:
After careful thought and debate, I have decided I can no longer support the project coming to our county. At the town hall meeting we held several Thursdays ago, I told my neighbors I was in support of the project but would listen to their voices in the end. Over the last week or so my major support on this has dissolved. I met with a large group earlier in the week that was in favor and now for whatever reason is not anymore and this is happening to me daily.
As one person I believe Maj. Barry can do what he says and do it safely, but as a voice for those who put me in office my opinion doesn't matter. From the beginning I have been very open and honest with y'all and I told you I would let you know if I decided not to support this. So on behalf of the people of Suwannee County that are not in favor of this I ask that Maj. Barry withdraw his proposed medical waste incinerator from Suwannee County.
Thank you for your time and cooperation. I'm glad I got the chance to meet you and your team. I truly believe y'all are good people with good intentions, unfortunately it's not the right fit for our county.