Hempstead- May 1, 2015
Owners of the land for the proposed 15 story garbage dump stand to make up millions on the deal as neighbors fear their property values will be destroyed and the environment threatened. Those are key details Dolcefino Consulting has learned Pintail Landfill has been paying handsomely for the right to hold a 5 year renewable option to eventually buy the landfill site.
The financial details are public for the first time. $500,000.00 to initiate the deal and 5,000.00 a month for three years to the landowners Marengo Family Properties. Last year, Pintail was required to pay another $250,000.OO dollars, and an increasing monthly fee of $7,500.00 a month.
The fifth and final year of the option agreement was set to begin on April 29th, with Pintail paying another $250,000.00 dollars and an increasing monthly fee of $10,000.00 dollars.
If Pintail buys the property it will pay up to Nine Million Dollars ($9,000,000.00) for the acreage, but the Marengo Family Properties also wants in on the garbage business, collecting at least 20 cents a ton for the trash Pintail wants to heap on the Waller County Countryside.
Marengo Family Properties is owned by the Dr. David Donald family. Dr. Donald runs Bayside Urology in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The date of the option agreement is also interesting. February 23, 2011. That is nearly four months before Pintails plans became known to the public, but weeks after phone records prove then Waller County Judge was talking to the landfill boss. By February 23, 2011 plans were already underway by Pintail Owner Green Group to fly select county officials to a landfill site in Georgia. That trip was intentionally kept secret from residents.
Late last year, a Waller County jury ruled county officials violated state transparency laws in the landfill deal. New County officials agreed to pay more than $700,000.OO for the ethics sins of the past leaders, and have now tried to join the most important fight, the battle later this summer to convince the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to reject the landfill permit.
Obviously, the documents would tell you Pintail never expected to be fighting this battle four years later. The landfill site is near predominantly minority communities, but the community has already raised nearly $1.5 million dollars ($1,500,000.00) to fight this proposed garbage dump.
“If it’s about money I sure wish Dr. Donald would give his neighbors and community leaders a chance to buy the land, so it is not a giant trash heap and the aquifer underneath the ground threatened”, says Wayne Dolcefino, the former investigative journalist whose company Dolcefino Consulting has spearheaded probes of the landfill deal “Maybe he should ask his patients if they want him in the garbage business, and while he is at it also talk about whether his actions fit the concept of being a good neighbor”.
Landowners all fear their property values will be destroyed and their drinking water eventually poisoned by the 15 story garbage dump. Parents of Texas A&M students now worry about their kids sharing the highway with garbage trucks. School officials in Prairie View share Hempstead concerns the landfill will destroy the economic future of the area.