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Bad news regarding Wilson’s master plan

At the Nov. 18 Wilson Town Board meeting, outgoing Supervisor Joseph Jastrzemski revealed bad news. The most important document for long range planning, the $47,000 comprehensive master plan, adopted in 2013, has not been implemented and zero dollars are budgeted for 2016. High priorities in the plan are a budget and annual review. Jastrzemski said, “The board has been ‘busy.’ ” Busy for two years? Nothing done? Really? …after 10 years in office?

Jastrzemski admitted that besides lacking implementation money, a “Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee” doesn’t exist. Other elements also conceded as missing: “Business District Advisory Committee,” “Agricultural Advisory Committee,” “Architectural Preservation Committee,” “Friends of Tuscarora State Park Committee.” Too busy to do his job… sad news.

In contradiction, Jastrzemski told The Buffalo News: “I’m proud of the shape we’re leaving the town in …” and “He’s (Supervisor-elect Doyle Phillips) got the town’s master plan, which we adopted as a road map, to work with” and “I’ve set the stage for him …”

Now Jastrzemski is Niagara County’s clerk. Yes, the reality is a stage is set for Phillips, a master plan with no budget, no progress, a board responsible for this dishonor and a community deserving more than fiscal responsibility. Will future funding be jeopardized by this track record of indifference?

Capable citizens everywhere, especially in Wilson, turn off your television, attend meetings, listen and learn. Hold elected officials on our payrolls accountable.

Carol Nochajski

Town of Wilson

Dire warnings about wind turbines

It seems to me to be kind of like jumping off a cliff. Once done, there is no going back, no pause, no rewind, that’s it – it is done.

That is what the industrial wind turbine project is, in my estimation. We stand on the precipice of disrupting the fate of one of the greatest migratory bird routes in North America and we have the audacity to actually consider it when it is quite possibly an irreversible and unmitigated disaster.

If this worst case scenario occurs and this migratory route is destroyed, the osprey and American bald eagle are killed off in the Town of Yates – then what? If the government steps in and shuts the turbines down – and I argue they will eventually because they will have to – what will happen to all of the dead, rusting turbines? Who will pay the untold millions to remove the behemoths and return the ecosystem to its original state? Do a quick Google search of dead turbines on the Internet and you’ll get your answer. Who will pay to repopulate the American bald eagle and other species?

Everything has a cost. I am fairly certain that Apex, or the unknown entity the turbines are sold to, will not. Well, that leaves the taxpayer on the hook. Even worse, I am guessing there will not be pockets deep enough to pay such an astronomical cost, and these rotting 600-foot giants will become Yates’ legacy. Everyone gone like rats from a sinking ship except for the poor folks of the Town of Yates and/or Orleans County.

I am not principally opposed to any form of alternate power, either proven or theoretical, including wind turbines. But, and this is a huge but, you cannot cut off your proverbial nose to spite your face. Is it justifiable to take such a catastrophic risk to potentially gain some “green or renewable energy?”

I will leave it to the experts to argue if wind turbines are actually truly “green” or not. To me it is simple math. Assuming if we will, that Apex senior management is in the wind business to produce green energy in order to better the planet, how in the daylights can they justify the slaughter of hundreds or thousands of birds that contribute to the exact ecosystem they are presumably trying to save?

Everything we do to produce energy on this planet has a cost, including that to the environment. I accept that collateral damage is a cost of doing business. It’s unfortunate but a reality. Having said that, ethical energy producers have learned to limit this collateral damage and mitigate the losses as much as possible. Ergo, when the cost outweighs the benefit, you walk away. Cost can mean many things. It can be the destruction of the environment, the rape of the Town of Yates and Orleans County’s beauty, or the millions in damages carried on the backs of the taxpayers.

What I can say with a great deal of certainty is it will not be borne by the executives of Apex as they will have made their profit and got the hell out of Dodge by the time all hell breaks loose.

Vincent Mulholland