Saturday, January 23, 2010

Senior center decision & more

Monday is the day the Senior Center Building Committee imposed on itself as the day it will make a decision on whether to pursue the property at the Towle Office Building. The meeting is at 8 a.m.

I really miss Ed Cameron notifying everyone of these meetings ... although one click takes me to the city's website, where one may find notification of meetings.

I see where The P. Preservationist is listing a joint Planning Board/City Council meeting for Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. I don't see that on the city meeting calendar. The Planning Board meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month ... help, anyone? This would be the discussion of the revised wind energy ordinance and the changes to the ordinance relating to moveable signs (as in, the Germinara truck).

The Preservationist is also reporting that there is a movement afoot to not amend the wind energy ordinance.

A sample letter is being circulated trying to pressure City Council and the Mayor to not only not amend the present Wind Energy Ordinance but to loosen its restrictions even further! Supporters are already sending their versions using pure political frenzy to put pressure on our elected officials.

Does this have anything to do with the money the state is doling to implement rampant construction of giant wind energy conversion facilities?

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for green energy ... but I see trouble ahead. (But then, as a journalist, trouble means good copy.)

1 comment:

Ari Herzog said...

Hi Gillian--

You raise a few issues so let me try to respond appropriately.

1. Regarding meeting notification, would you prefer email or RSS, or a central website listing, or what? Would you support a master email list of meetings as they are scheduled which you can opt-in to receive, for instance?

2. You may recall an ordinance to revise the wind turbine regulation was filed January 11 and referred to the Planning and Development Committee, to meet jointly with the Planning Board. The city clerk subsequently mentioned that meeting requires a 14-day public notice. Thus, I don't know what you refer to on January 26.

3. The ordinance will be amended, though I can assure you different councilors feel differently about how the language should be amended, the distributed letter notwithstanding.

4. None of the above has anything to do with the Green Communities Act grant program -- which specifically involves city-owned properties. I don't need to remind you the city has no plans to erect its own turbine.

Thanks.

Councilor Ari