Here’s an email that just hit my inbox:
The most disappointing and frustrating thing we’ve read this week was a quote from Oakwood Hills Trustee Paul Smith to the Northwest Herald,
“I think part of the problem is the majority of the people who are against are not from our village.”
Apparently, Mr. Smith is “unsure the unrest over the project is stemming from people who live in Oakwood Hills”. Most people reading this email will immediately wonder where Mr. Smith is getting his information!
While driving through the streets of Oakwood Hills, it doesn’t take long to see that there are many people who are against the plant.
Furthermore, who would argue that Oakwood Hills wasn’t represented at the July 24th Zoning meeting?
The most shocking thing about Mr. Smith’s comments is the fact that he thinks having opposition from outside of Oakwood Hills changes anything.
We’re all residents of McHenry County. We all live in homes near the power plant, we all love our community, and we are all in this together.
It’s offensive to us that Mr. Smith feels that he has no responsibility to represent neighboring families who could end up suffering as a result of his vote.
If you’ve been following our emails, you know that we’re starting to see a pattern of certain board members defending the project.
Last week we discussed Mrs. Funk’s sales pitch to the Northwest Herald, and now we are seeing Mr. Smith’s hint that people from Oakwood Hills aren’t against the project.
We may not know for certain, but we can certainly begin to draw conclusions about where some of the Trustees stand on this project.
While you’re evaluating Paul Smith’s claims that a “majority” of the 950 attendees at the Holiday Inn were not from Oakwood Hills, we urge you to consider that he won his election with 183 votes from the citizens of Oakwood Hills, and Melanie Funk with only 182 votes.
It’s concerning to see them now talk about those similar numbers as being irrelevant opposition.
The GOOD NEWS is that we have done our due diligence, where Mr. Smith clearly has not. We are in possession of over 500 signatures from ONLYresidents of Oakwood Hills who oppose the power plant. We’ve attached a photo of the signatures for reference. The collection of these signatures was something we did early on, and frankly we weren’t overly aggressive about it at the time.
Thanks to the comments made by Mr. Smith, we’ve decided to re-collect the signatures from Oakwood Hills residents in a more organized fashion.
We’re going to offer free signs to everyone in Oakwood Hills that wants them.
We’re going to work hard in the next two weeks to help the Trustees of Oakwood Hills understand exactly how many people from Oakwood Hills are against the power plant.
Notes for consideration:
Latest article from the NW Herald: http://nwherald.com/2014/08/07/power-plant-opponents-move-forward-with-attorney/adgov0t/?page=1
The Oakwood Hills website was updated tonight (Thursday). How did that happen during a government shutdown? –
NRG Energy has announced that they are not shutting down the Waukegan Coal Plant, they are not shutting down the Pekin Coal Plant, and they are converting the Joliet coal plant to natural gas. That is not what we were told by Enventure and Northland Power about why the Oakwood Hills plant was necessary.
Here is what is coming:
- We need street “captains” to collect the signatures – please let Chris know if you’re interested.
- New signs are coming. We hope to have them ready for pickup by next Saturday, August 16th.
- We are planning a community event in early September. It will be our one opportunity to show our numbers, on our own terms, before October comes around. We plan to invite expert speakers, local politicians, media…. So, be on the lookout!