VAUGHAN CAN VOTE ON LANDFILL CONTRACT WITH GATE CITY
Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Vaughan will be allowed to vote on a contract award to Gate City Waste Services to operate Phase III of the White Street Landfill, according to an opinion by Greensboro interim City Attorney Tom Pollard on Monday. Vaughan had previously been recused from voting on solid waste because her husband, Don Vaughan, performs legal work for Waste Industries, one of the proposers, but the decision to eliminate the company from consideration frees Vaughan to participate, Pollard determined.
A four-member majority has driven the process to reopen the landfill, to date, with Vaughan and one other member conflicted out.
“When it was closed to municipal solid waste, I think we made a pact with the neighborhood,” Vaughan told YES! Weekly last week, “and they should have been able to expect that would be respected.”
“Maybe the council should have a straight up or down vote — vendors aside — on whether to reopen the landfill,” she added in an interview on Tuesday. “This council has never had a vote on should we reopen the landfill.”