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You can’t put a price tag on our kids’ future

Monday morning the Caldwell County Judge will ask commissioners to stop years of fighting against the controversial 130 garbage dump.

Surrender. Give a big green light to a garbage company with a documented history of controversy.

The cited reason is money. Caldwell County has spent about 100,000 dollars fighting the proposed permit. They like to quote a much higher figure, but that money was really spent
fighting requests for public records about the landfill deal. That’s money that was wasted.

In recent weeks, the Commissioners have heard the pleas to fight until the end, both in a spirited rally at the Lytton Springs General Store, then a rare jam-packed evening session of Caldwell
County Commissioners Court. There has been only one meeting of a committee to examine a possible host agreement with Green Group. That meeting was a waste of time.

If Judge Schawe gets his way, he will be responsible for the health and future of thousands of children who will live near the tower of trash and the possible environmental damage it will
bring.

Surrendering to save a few bucks now is a mistake that will lead to generations of lasting consequences.

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This may be one for the record books.

The City of Austin is fighting our request for public records as we investigate the conduct of the City Right of Way Department. They are the folks who police the temporary blocking of streets and sidewalks for construction.

At Dolcefino Consulting we are used to government officials spending time and money to keep taxpayers from seeing their records, but the folks at Guinness Book of World Records may want to keep track of this emerging public records outrage.

We wanted to see e-mails and phone records of Right of Way Employees. Some of them have been the target of complaints that they use Austin’s already expensive permitting process to unfairly retaliate against developers.

You know how much the Right of Way Department wants to charge us to let us take a look?

More than $132,000 dollars.

The estimate from the City claims it will take nearly 6,000 hours and a quarter of a million pieces of paper to let us see the records. That would destroy a small forest, when we had asked for the records electronically.

Dolcefino Consulting has filed a formal complaint of overcharging with the Texas Attorney General’s Office. We want the State of Texas to file suit against the City of Austin.

The City of Austin already charges staggering right of way fees for developers trying to build new apartment complexes and office buildings. Those big bills are eventually passed along to taxpayers in higher rents.

The public has a right to know Austin.

Patton King Carrizo Wilcox Aquifer
Dump opponents send a powerful message to Caldwell County Commissioners and Green Group.

Not in our back yard Green Group!
Dump opponents send a powerful message to Caldwell County Commissioners and Green Group.

What is the Host Agreement?
Dump opponents send a powerful message to Caldwell County Commissioners and Green Group.

Caldwell Commissioners put on notice!
Dump opponents send a powerful message to Caldwell County Commissioners and Green Group.

Patton King owner of the Lazy K Ranch that butts up to a proposed Green Group dump site in Caldwell County is alarmed that this property or any other site is even being considered for a Landfill or Dump. The “Dump” property also butts up to the Reservoir 21 Dam and is in the area of a recharge zone for the Corrizo/Wilcox Aquifer which supports that community and 61 counties! King vows to keep fighting the dump until it’s no longer a threat.

MEDIA ALERT:     RALLY AGAINST THE DUMP
Monday, April 24, 2017

7pm

Caldwell County Commissioners Court

110 S Main St, Lockhart, TX 78644

This weekend residents raised their voices against the proposed trash dump Green Group wants to build in Caldwell County.  Tonight, they will go before the Commissioners Court and raise them again.

Dozens turned out to hear from Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Roland, Attorney Marisa Perales and Investigative Consultant Wayne Dolcefino on the fight against the landfill.  The message was clear… KEEP FIGHTING.

Opposition to the proposed dumpsite along 183 South of Austin includes a warning from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality lawyer representing the public about Green’s Group credibility, the dump’s smell, and possible environmental damage to a sensitive aquifer.

Two recently elected County Commissioners are pushing for a host agreement with the controversial Green Group garbage company, reversing more than a year of county refusal to even negotiate with the trash company.

Tonight, the Commissioner’s Court will hold a special evening meeting to allow those who want to voice their opposition to the dump.  Sign up begins at 6pm.

Media interviews will be available.  For further information, contact Dolcefino Consulting.

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LIVE VIDEO
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MEDIA ALERT: RALLY AGAINST THE DUMP
Sunday, April 23, 2017
2-5pm
General Store at Lytton Springs
8573 FM 1854, Dale, Texas 78616

Signs are going up all over the Lockhart area about this weekend’s planned rally against the proposed 130 Environmental Park.

The Sunday afternoon event on April 23, 2017 will be held at the Historic General Store in Lytton Springs and will feature the latest news in the battle against the proposed garbage dump. Leading the fight, Caldwell County Commissioner Joe Roland. Marisa Perales, the Austin attorney representing the neighborhood group fighting the planned skyscraper of trash will detail the legal effort.

The rally will be held from 2-5 PM located in a field behind the historic storefront. The rally comes on the eve of a special evening session of the Caldwell County Commissioners on Monday Night. Two new County Commissioners are pushing for a host agreement with the controversial Green Group garbage company, reversing more than a year of county refusal to even negotiate with the trash company.

Opposition to the proposed dumpsite along 183 South of Austin includes a warning from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality lawyer representing the public about Green’s Group credibility, the dump’s smell, and possible environmental damage to a sensitive aquifer.

Media interviews will be available.

For further information, contact Dolcefino Consulting.

Make sure to pick up a copy of the Houston Chronicle or read it online to see columnist Ken Hoffman’s great profile on Wayne Dolcefino:

He left the station in 2012, after nearly three decades, winning literally dozens of local Emmy Awards for rooting out corruption and exposing wasteful spending. And making loyal fans and powerful enemies along the way. It’s part of the deal.

“I am president of a thriving communications firm called Dolcefino Consulting. We are a war time company doing investigations, media and political work,” he said.
Does he miss being on TV news?

“I miss it a lot, but it is pretty clear that the days of real investigative reporting on Houston TV are over, not because of the journalists, but because the TV stations that used to pride themselves on exposing corruption got plain chicken,” he said.

“My company isn’t chicken, because I’m the boss.” READ THE REST

If you haven’t read the “audit” of the Sheriff’s gun audit you should. It’s a joke.

Not just the part when the Auditor and Sheriff congratulate each other for what a good job they both did cooperating and how from now on everything will be kept better track of. That’s sweet.

It’s page 2 that is a real laugher. Check it out at They call this an audit?

The Waller County Sheriff uses Excel to keep track of their weapons and Major Joe Hester was responsible for updating the list any time there was a new transaction. After the Sheriff got a machine gun and 7 other weapons stolen from his marked pickup truck, we asked for the spread sheet and all the receipts for gun purchases for the last 4 years. That’s when we saw the problem.

Did the County Auditor look at those past receipts? Not according to his audit.

Did he use the spreadsheet he gave us to check the inventories? Not according to his audit.

Instead, Major Hester was allowed to conduct an internal review of the weapon inventory list and was allowed to update it, likely right before the joint inventory with the auditor. Comparing weapons against a brand new updated inventory is a giant waste of time.

Auditor Alan Younts should tell the public exactly when the cleanup happened.

We can’t say we are surprised, because Younts has said he thought the whole audit was a political stunt. The audit proves he’s the one playing politics.

Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis should have conducted this investigation, after he was told there were receipts for guns that were not in the inventory.

Mathis told us today he doesn’t have time for fishing expeditions, unless we have probable cause of a specific gun that was stolen or misappropriated by the Sheriff. We offered to show the DA the list of discrepancies a year ago. Even put out a press release with the offer.

When the Sheriff got all his guns stolen, and then went to Waller County to file the complaint, we argued Mathis had the jurisdiction, and in fact, the responsibility to track the investigation.

Mathis disagreed.

It sure is weird that a year and a half after the big gun theft, the Sheriff and the DA just don’t seem to think it is vital to find out what happened to them.

Why should that be surprising?

This is the same DA that broke his promise to investigate the landfill and failed to investigate complaints about the Hempstead Economic Development Corporation hiding records.

This isn’t a game of monopoly, with chances to go back to Go and start all over.

Waller County taxpayers need to listen and keep voting until they get real accountability.

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