Observations by a friend of McHenry County Blog of the Oakwood Hills citzens meeting Wednesday night:
1. Political participants on side of opposition got lots of love tonight from over 300 in attendance.
Message conveyed that if plant gets its zoning approval, will meet opposition at higher levels.
2. The leadership team, Ryan Noonan, Joe Ricciardi and Chris Christensen, is executing flawlessly. They expressed proper gratitude to all helping, including you. Ryan talked money, they seem to be spending money wisely.
3. Results of door to door survey revealed 95% opposed, with 900 respondents (out of 895 polled: 45 no response, 7 pro, all the rest opposed).
4. Attorney Steve Cuda appears to be on top of legal issues and political irregularities at Oakwood Hills village board level. He plans to file a written objection to petition and closing argument, building a written record for zoning board to consider. He was appalled to read that village board had discussed this project in closed session.
5. The crowd asked questions centered around a criminal investigation of village president.
6. Expert witness Bob Abboud has excellent credentials, is good speaker and is personable. He touched on all risk issues.
He made sobering observations on massive water use, plumes radionucleides dispersion in steam release, six miles radius of project impact, one mile blast radius impact from a plant explosion with which he has personal experience, noise heard within a two mile radius, visibility of stacks in downtown Cary, light pollution, and massive air emissions.
7. State Senator Dan Duffy showed up and was greeted with a standing ovation. He has been working hard since first hearing of proposal. He is used to working with unreasonable politicians. “I will do anything within my power to stop this in Senate, if it gets that far.”
8. Ryan Noonan urges all to vote -for anybody running against McHenry County Board member Joe Gottemoller in the Nov. 4th elections.
9. Nomination petitions for running for Oakwood hills Board will be available September 23rd.