Skip to comments.Plans for labor site to be submitted
Posted on 05/18/2005 4:19:35 AM PDT by chambley1
Project Hope and Harmony will likely submit plans for an organized day-laborer hiring site at the old Herndon Police station Friday, leaders of the group said.
The nonprofit organization, which plans to run the formal site, continued its community outreach efforts Sunday with a meeting at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Simultaneously, other members of the group were meeting with day laborers who currently use the informal hiring site at the Elden Street/Alabama Drive 7-Eleven.
About 10 Sterling residents who live in the houses and town houses off Rock Hill Road came to the meeting to voice their concerns about the proposed site. Many had seen the current site in Herndon and said they feared a similar uncontrolled situation.
Hope and Harmony leaders tried to assuage their concerns, saying the site will be well screened, the laborers will be waiting for work inside trailers and residents will likely have little awareness of what is going on. They also said the organized site will help them and town officials better control problems like off-site loitering.
Still, the Loudoun residents seemed somewhat skeptical, repeatedly asking questions about how the site would be managed.
"I still have a lot of concerns," David Chesnutt, president of the Rock Hill Estates homeowners association, said after the meeting. He plans to ask Hope and Harmony to speak to his HOA. "I've seen the people congregating at the 7-Eleven, and I want to know what the equivalent is going to be."
Although the site that houses the town police station and the shop for its public works department is zoned for industrial use, some of the neighboring land in Loudoun County is residential.
A portion of the Herndon Police station building is in Loudoun County, but Project Hope and Harmony plans to place trailers behind the building, within town boundaries, so that no approval by Loudoun County officials is needed.
Despite that, Hope and Harmony members said they are committed to making as many people as possible comfortable with their plans, including the Loudoun neighbors.
Joel Mills, a member of the group's executive council, said repeatedly at the meeting that group members are willing to meet with anyone to discuss plans for the site and they want as much feedback from the public as possible before the plans are put to a public hearing.
How a labor site will work
Regulation: Project Hope and Harmony will have multiple staff members on site at all times. The laborers will have to sign and adhere to a code of conduct, and contractors will have to register before hiring workers.
Daily operations: The site will be open for limited hours. Laborers will be assigned numbers through a lottery, and work will be doled out accordingly as employers arrive. While waiting for work, the laborers will be able to participate in English or job training classes.
Transition: There will be a transition period of several weeks, before and after an organized site is established. Volunteers will help laborers find the new site and offer them transportation from the current site to the new site, if needed.
©Times Community Newspapers 2005
If you build it, they will come - ping
Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!
Be Ever Vigilant!
Minutemen Patriots ~ Bump!
Just FYI, when they speak of the BORDER REGION, if you go to the EPA website you find in the archives, the Border XXI REGION. The border between the U.S. and Mexico has been replaced by a shaded zone running between the two countries.
Tell me, how many people have heard of the BORDER REGION project and how it is tied to NAFTA and immigration policy??
In addition, they, along with his eminence, Mexican President Vicente Fox, believe they should be allowed to vote in our elections as well as Mexico's, even if they know less English than I know Greek
Quoting from CorridorWatch:
News Flash - March 11, 2005>
See HB-3363 Note Below - Updated March 20, 2005
Without advance public notice, and announced late on the last day for legislative bills to be filed without the Governor's approval, TxDOT Officials joined by Governor Perry and Federal Highway Administrator Mary Peters signed a 342-page agreement with Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte SA (Madrid, Spain) to create a master plan to finance and build the TTC-35 Trans Texas Corridor generally parallel to IH-35 from the Valley to the Red River. Despite growing concerns over the TTC project, Governor Perry and state officials are charging ahead as quickly as possible to build the first 600-mile segment of the 4,000-mile Trans Texas Corridor. Portions of this agreement are being kept secret under the guise that they contain proprietary business information. CorridorWatch.org believes in open and transparent government.[snip]
From Presidio to the Pacific
In 2003, Mexico will complete a major section of a new trade corridor to Texas, the La Entrada al Pacifico, or Gateway to the Pacific. The new route is expected to increase trade between the U.S. and Mexico--particularly in Mexico's largest state, Chihuahua--by providing a highway from Chihuahua to Presidio, Texas.
Texas already has most of the necessary infrastructure in place to take advantage of trade opportunities as they develop in Chihuahua. While some projects are in the works to accommodate increased trade in Texas, the majority of the La Entrada effort is taking place