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January 2, 2013

Town shouldn't operate in secret

Town shouldn’t operate in secret

The two-day business notice and pressure to “sell” the proposed town of Oneonta “Water Protection (Zoning) Overlay District” at a public hearing disgusted me. 

No fewer than four past and present Oneonta city officials attended: an OFD official bragged about the Murphy Street fire assist; the new city manager; the city treasurer; a city council member, AND former city code officer Peter Friedman.

Add to that list an Otsego County official implying this would be rammed down our throats regardless of the vote.

Wow.

Around $300,000 of city (“Life Enjoyed!”) salaries working a town meeting to bring city sensitivities to country residents. How many hours spent prepping them (and others)?

Look. Friends don’t tell friends poorly written measures “won’t be enforced.” Try removing any passed law.

Yes, the measure banned mining (including fracking?).

But, the current moratorium expires March 2013.

Soon we should revisit original moratorium language banning frack chemicals’ transport on town roads, effectively precluding Otsego County fracking without needless patrols of town residents’ backyards and garages.

Where’s the town’s Comprehensive Plan? Its fracking survey? May we (soon) please see question wording? Methodology? Status update?

No excuses for secrecy. 

Create a Google group (post log-in info on town website. Tell The Daily Star).

Post all committee meeting minutes, so proponents won’t be “information-rich” to residents’ “information poverty” at hearings.

Remember the old Chicago City News Bureau mantra: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”

Fracker greenwash pretends gas/coal/nukes are clean and safe. Anti-fracker greenwash tells “less important” folks to sacrifice for measures addressing non-existent pollution — measures that won’t stop fracking.

All greenwash is hogwash.

Perhaps it builds re-election campaign finance chests and alliances?

Ban fracking.

Not the ‘life enjoyment’ of town residents.

Lisa Barr

Town of Oneonta

    

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