At the Lowndes County Commission meeting last night, Chairman Paulk discussed the biomass plant with Dr. Noll, and said:
Certain people won’t share it with you, and I don’t think it’s fair.There’s more in the video.
We were approached … almost three weeks ago by the Industrial Authority and we were asked to … ask them not to extend the contract. Well, it’s not our contract; we could do that, but … we didn’t.
And then last week the Tuesday of their meeting, I received a call … on my way back fromm Atlanta and they had gone up there to talk to Wiregrass Power, because they’d written a letter asking for an extension.
My understanding was that they asked Wiregrass to write another letter to remove that extension request.
These are things, I think should be public knowledge.
Regular meeting of the Lowndes County Commission, Lowndes County, Georgia, 26 April 2011
Video by Alex Rowell for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.
He told me several weeks ago about the commission being asked to vote not to extend. I figured it was up to him to say something in public about what the Commission would do. I did publish my paraphrase of what he said then that the plant has no business case because nobody would buy the electricity.
Chairman Paulk said he thought Dr. and Mrs. Noll had been ignored by various bodies. Then he had some advice for the Industrial Authority.
This is not the commission talking, this is Ashley Paulk. If they disagree with me, they can say so. It think the facts should be public. Certain authorities shouldn’t be hiding behind us, or other commissions, or anything else. There haven’t been any plans filed. … I don’t see any way in the world they’re going to start building without a permit, because you can’t get a permit in 30 days.Here’s one thing he was leading up to:
And you don’t see my agree with John Quarterman very often. He’s my neighbor and my friend. He stated the other night that his mother said, that when you’re wrong admit it. I think they would be well and it’s my advice to them publicly, move on, find other avenues, other projects.He’s referring to what I said at the most recent VLCIA board meeting, which was:
My mother was a schoolteacher for many years, Roy Copeland knew her. She used to say, “it takes a big man to admit it when he’s wrong.”LAKE hasn’t published anything about that, because I didn’t video myself and we’ve been waiting for video from another party. So presumably my neighbor Ashley Paulk read about it in the VDT. David Rodock’s condensed but correct in spirit VDT version was:
During the citizens to be heard portion of the meeting, John Quarterman made a number of suggestions to board members.I did mention biomass in the same context, so I’m guessing my neighbor heard more than was in the VDT, perhaps from Crawford Powell, who was sitting there at the time in the VLCIA meeting, even though he declined an offer by VLCIA Chairman Jerry Jennett to speak a that time.
“Are you aware that Texas is canceling plans for at least three additional prisons? One has already been closed,” said Quarterman. “Texas realized they could not afford to pay for these prisons. That money’s gone into rehabilitation, education and prevention – things we could do right here.”
He continued, “If Remerton and Dasher can make meeting minutes public, it’s something to consider. My mother used to tell me that it takes a big man to admit when’s he wrong.”
Back to last night’s LCC meeting. Dr. Noll responded to Chairman Paulk saying he would continue opposing the plant until it was actually cancelled. He discussed the runaround and stonewalling by other government bodies, and thanked Chairman Paulk for informing the public.
I think that’s the right approach, as I said at the 7 April Valdosta City Council meeting.
And I continue to ask what will the activists do when the plant is cancelled?
Meanwhile, one result of all the biomass-related activism is that it has meshed with other activism to produce at least this kind of actual interaction between the only elected body that represents all of Lowndes County and its citizens.
Imagine that! We might get some transparency around here!