News Updates...ACAL News – Week of 23 March 2007
With local concern mounting regarding the Boonville Village Board and their apparent push to vote on the “community compensation package” proposal submitted by the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority BEFORE the newly elected major takes office, I would like to share ACAL members, Kathy and Peter Crofoot’s March 23 letter, which clearly addresses key points and issues concerning many village citizens.
Dear Boonville Officials:
The outgoing Boonville Mayor and Deputy Mayor appear to be using their remaining days in office to rush a vote on the Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority (OHSWA) landfill compensation package. Citizens’ concerns are being discounted by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, while radio reports inform the public that all is well with the proposal. The mishandling of this critical issue is cause for great concern.
Participants witnessed a significant outpouring of concerns relating to numerous items in the landfill compensation proposal at the second public meeting held on March 19, 2007. Item #20 pertaining to the town and village giving up their right to bring legal action against the operation of the landfill continues to distress citizens, including a newly elected village trustee. Item #20 received the largest negative response from the audience during the first public meeting, yet village and town officials presumably agreed to leave it in.
The excessive power given to OHSWA by county and state government literally stripped local citizens and towns of their constitutional right to “home rule” during the landfill siting process. Now Boonville village officials are perched to sell our remaining rights to protect the environment and keep the community safe. Citizens of Boonville should accept no outcome that fails to reinstate our constitutional rights.
Other worthy concerns were raised during the March 19 meeting. Citizens are not happy with the infinite nature of the contract. The desire to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court Flow Control decision was brought up repeatedly. Concerns were raised about the future potential to process leachate at the Boonville water treatment facility and whether or not it could safely remove toxic heavy metals. Citizens are concerned about preserving the rural way of life for future generations. Concerns were raised over the safety of the waste stream should the agreement make it easier for OHSWA to import waste from outside the two county region, including New York City. Concerns over the possible sale of the landfill to a private company were raised in addition to worry over the landfill growing out of control. Local officials were encouraged to follow the wishes of the people as expressed in the environmental portion of the Planning Board Survey.
Most disturbing is what appears to be Boonville’s indifference to concerns raised by the Ava Town Supervisor, Ava Councilman, and Town of Lewis Councilman present at the meeting. Ava believes an agreement with Boonville will place pressure on their town to do the same. Their objections fell on deaf ears. Boonville Officials lack of moral stamina regarding their neighboring township is a public embarrassment. No parent would teach his/her child to turn away from someone in need of help, but that is exactly what Boonville has done to Ava. It is shameful and a disgrace to our community.
Boonville is being used by the Authority to achieve their ultimate goal of obtaining a willing host community in the town of Ava. And it appears there is a sense of urgency to get it done before the Flow Control decision gets handed down. Any Boonville Official, who thinks helping the Authority is more important then carrying out the wishes of the people, fails to understand their position in local government.
The consensus of the meeting was summed up in one citizen’s question. Is there a reason why we can’t wait to make the decision? The answer by Boonville Town Supervisor was, “No”.
The following statement by the Executive Director of Earthjustice, a non-profit public interest law firm, speaks to the heart of the matter.
“We must preserve the ability of citizens to take corporations and the government to court. This bedrock of American democracy is the underpinning of many of our nation’s advances in civil rights and environmental protection. It’s a right we can never surrender.”
We find it imperative that the town and village of Boonville resist any pressure from the Authority to rush a vote on the landfill compensation agreement. We fully expect that you will acknowledge and seek to remedy portions of the agreement that citizens find unacceptable prior to any further consideration.
Finally, we request that you respect the wishes of our neighbors in the towns of Ava and Lewis, as would be desirable for Boonville if circumstances were reversed.
Thank you for your consideration of this matter, and your commitment to serve the Boonville Community.
Peter & Kathy Crofoot
I applaud Peter and Kathy for not only taking the time to write to their local officials, but for making time to attend local meetings and voice their concerns and opinions.
Citizen participation is more than showing up to vote in an election. Citizen participation involves attending town and village board meetings, reading the paper, magazines and books, listening to the radio, discussing issues with neighbors and colleagues, writing letters to officials at all levels, and sharing individual talents or “gifts” with the community.
I would like to invite citizens to consider their personal interests, knowledge, education and personal “gifts” this week. Everyone, no matter what your age, background, or level of education has something to offer the community. What can you do to make your community a better place live?
Cities, villages and townships throughout the U.S. have been orchestrating efforts to help improve communities by creating partnerships between citizens and local government. How can elected officials solve community problems, promote citizen responsibility, and regain the confidence of its people?
Tune in next week to learn more.
Jacki Chamberlain, Communication Chairperson
Adirondack Communities Advisory League (ACAL)
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