The votes are in – 6 yes and 12 no. Next step by PDC is probably to appeal maybe all the way to the SC. Time will tell. I’ll move on to other subjects and watch developments locally and be available to testify. I’ve said it all on my blogs. Suggest you reread them if you’re still interested because there may be a sequel. If you like what I write pass my site on to others. Thanks in advance. By the way, less than half the elected board uses a computer. Most don’t do email at home and have all their messages sent in care of the county board. One prominent board member said tonight he doesn’t read any emails he receives, he just throws them away. Hmmmm.
It may interest some with a legal mind that a siting committee was selected (7 board members) and we listened, well most of us did thru six days of testimony. The document we were working from said we were to meet with staff at the close of the hearings and then report our findings to the full board. Never happened. Why not; county officials are not sure. Maybe PDC is. Maybe someone of a higher authority than mine, I basically have no authority now, just my blog site, will post a comment and tell the siting committee members who showed some concern, namely Pat Hidden, Bob Baietto, Tim Riggenbach, Bill Prather, Sharon Kennedy (Sorry, Sharon, I left you out on my first post) and myself what happened?
I thought I knew some of the people on the board better but don’t know what drives them to do what they do. I do know this is an election year; I’ll turn my attention and my blog to my reelection if and when the opposition puts some one up to run against me. No way did any worry about getting reelected have anything to do with my action to save this safe and needed disposer of hazardous waste. Whether it affected others who are up for election, we will never know. Both Carol Trumpe and Tom O’neill have opponents and Tom changed his vote from an original yes to a no.
Not to be overlooked is a new County Board Chairman and a new Vice-Chairman to be elected by the Democrat controlled board. (I did not intend to run again and I won’t.)So next year the board will have both a new Chair and Vice-Chair. The Chairman has all the power and since our current one never misses a meeting, the VC is mainly honorary. So let someone else have it.
Next step is up to PDC and for local creators of waste to start planning to haul the waste they used to haul to PDC into SEBY (somebody else’s back yard).This highly Christian community denies they are of the NIMBY crowd. Good Christians are compassionate and willingly accept other people’s problems, they say. We’ll see. The businesses leaders of this community see why the closure of this disposal site could prevent waste creating companies from coming here, like, say medical laboratories, ect. (Think Renaissance Center)
Time to call it a day but my mind is still figuring out the politics of this vote and it was political. Facts and common sense appeared to have got lost in the shuffle.
Thanks to those of you who sent me supportive emails’ like Kenny Carrigan, Karrie Alms, Wil and Lu Barr, John Doering, ,Jim Clemons, ,Dale Bennington, Rose Bantz, Janice Husemann, Robert Hultgren, Eric Smith, Michael Creekmore Paul Dimlar, and some who called or wrote and I have lost in all my paperwork so I hope they will call again, email me or post on my blog site. And I thank my wife Claire because I totally dominated our office the past three weeks.
There were over 1000 letters of support that were in a binder in the County Clerks Office and the Board members I asked tonight if they knew they were there, did not. I know it was the County Clerks job to accumulate them; I’m not sure whose job it was to tell County Board members they were there. I learned they were eventually put on http://www.peoriacounty.org/ but since most board members don’t use computers, these letters were never viewed by the majority of the board. So I’m told.
This is a blog site so any thing I write here is subject to reasonable discourse. Maybe we will hear from some county officials soon.
DeWayne Bartels has said I seldom write about the County. Times and situations change, DeWayne, stay posted.