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December 5, 2012

Board members should explain vote

Board members should explain vote

At a recent Richfield Town Board meeting, members Mary Margaret Snyder, Lori Bond and Bonnie Domion were asked to explain why they voted “no” to a proposed moratorium on Industrial Land Use.

Snyder ran on a platform last fall of no fracking, and assured us she was against the turbine project. When pressured for an answer, Snyder stated that she does not have to answer our questions; our town attorney advised her that all she is required to do is listen. Bond stated her vote is her answer. 

We demand transparency from our federal and state officials. Why should we expect less from our local officials, as their decisions will have a major impact on our day-to-day lives? Is this the kind of government we want for our town? If you can’t answer a simple question, you must have something to hide. Is there some behind-the-scenes deal-making going on between board members with special interests? Are they sacrificing the west end of town so that their backyard or lake doesn’t have to deal with fracking?

Why would Snyder, Bond and Domion oppose a moratorium as presented by our town attorney? Their job is to protect all residents. What’s the real truth? If they’re willing to sell out the west end of town, what other areas of the town are at risk of being sacrificed for their gain? Wake up, Richfield Springs! Just because it’s not you this time, doing nothing may cost you your peace of mind, your health and the enjoyment of your property in the future. Demand answers!

Joel Sawicki

Richfield Springs

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