For more than a decade, the supervisors of St. Thomas Township have been battling a proposed new municipal landfill in their area. Last week, they got a surrender offer from the landfill's would-be developer, but the terms of peace proved unacceptable.
Supervisor Edmund Herald revealed that during a closed session Feb. 11, developer Harold L. Brake offered to withdraw his landfill application if the commissioners would repeal a zoning ordinance they passed Oct. 2.
The offer is significant because some zoning opponents switched sides because they felt zoning would make it more difficult to build the landfill. We agree, however, that to repeal the ordinance under these conditions would probably be illegal. To scrap the ordinance - as opposed to amending any problem areas - would be unwise under any conditions.
Zoning is usually opposed in areas which are both rural and conservative. With lots of land and a tradition of neighborly courtesy, yielding control to the government seems both unnecessary and distasteful.