Hindsight, they say, is always 20-20, and Washington County Commissioner Jim Wade's comment that the county's 1990 agreement not to use Independence Road to access the county's new landfill will prove mighty costly is probably on target.
But seven years ago landfills all over the region were running out of space. Without some concession to opponents, instead of preparing to open a new landfill, Washington County might be trying desperately to stretch its available landfill space.
Consider this history: In 1990, Frederick County was trying to site a new landfill next to its existing one. But the owners, a dairy-farming family, refused the $1.8 million offer. A petition opposing the move was signed by 6,000 residents. Del. Tom Hattery introduced a bill to limit the county government's ability to condemn property for landfills. Finally, a lawsuit was filed and the family was granted a $2.2 million settlement, not including the county's legal fees.