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Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:10 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Albert Vetere Lannon of Picture Rocks has become one of the most persistent, most animated critics of the Marana Regional Landfill proposal.

Lannon, who brought a vial of his self-generated "garbage juice" to the Marana Town Council this summer, compounded the compound at the Oct. 5 council meeting.

Donning plastic gloves at the podium, Lannon presented unopened bottles of water, put a drop of garbage juice into one bottle, sealed it, shook it, then played a shell game, mixing the bottles on the podium.

"Would any of our esteemed elected officials like a drink?" Lannon asked, gesturing to the array. He had no takers.

"It's unfair, and some would say even immoral, to impose on others risks you are not willing to take yourselves," he said.

The landfill question is scheduled before the council Nov. 3 for votes on a zoning change, as well as the accompanying development agreement between the town and DKL Holdings. Until then, landfill foes are certain to express their opposition during the council's regular "call to audience." They've used that forum nearly all of 2010.

Last week, Mimi Battin presented the latest collected signatures against the landfill project. There are now 2,357 signatories against the project.

Larry Henk, president of DKL Holdings, told the Marana Planning Commission on Sept. 29 he would not accept a ban on out-of-state trash. Given that, Picture Rocks resident Janice Mitich said, "Marana will be the dumping ground for the state, and other states also, and this landfill will leak and contaminate the aquifer."

"Marana will become the trash dump of the Southwest," Silverbell West resident Charles Goddard Jr., said.

"Henk showed his true colors that evening," Silverbell West resident Tom Hill said. "This thing keeps growing and growing and growing. How far is it going to grow? … You can about guarantee you'll have trash from outside sources."

Pat McElroy wondered why she should vote for the Nov. 2 bond election in the Marana Unified School District. "If you elected officials don't care about the kids," as suggested to her by their view on the landfill, "why should I?"

"There are some members of the community that are in favor of the landfill," said Gladden Farms resident Linda Zupi. She's one of them. Proponents are "accused of being driven by greed and money," Zupi said. Yet Raul Pina, who's promoting his own Durham landfill site in Southern Pinal County, "has offered nothing to the community." DKL Holdings would pay both the Town of Marana and the Marana Unified School District annual fees for the privilege of doing business.

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