“Could you send a map that I can actually read, please?
Diana, I feel that way myself; but there is NOT a readable map. The map you see is the only map The Commissioners have provided the public. If we want a readable map, The Commissioners must first produce one.
The wrongheaded actions of The ’Ommissioners have led us all to this - peering at some fuzzy, unreadable map trying to figure out what the heck is going on.
Anyone late to the “game” is completely out of luck in expecting original source material, or easy to follow background information from Creedmoor.
For example, the Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) and the Environmental Assessment (EA) on the sewage plant project have both mysteriously “disappeared” from the City of Creedmoor website or there would be a link to them on this website for all of you. When information from government is hard to obtain or access, it leads the public to believe that there IS something to hide.
Let’s take a look at some excerpts from the USDA Guide For Preparing the Environmental Report for Water and Environmental Program Proposals. (The Guide may be accessed here.)
Here’s what The ‘Ommissioners should have done.
Normally newspaper advertisements are used to notify the public of applicant and Agency actions. However, other forms of notice may be appropriate depending on the nature of the proposal’s potential impacts and the nature of the target audience. The following methods may be appropriate:
*Individual notices mailed to landowners or residents who live or own property adjacent to facilities or are directly affected by the proposed construction of the facilities;
*Radio and television announcements;
*Inserts into utility bills;
*Notices posted in areas frequented by the target audience;
*Public meetings; or,
*Announcements at public activities (schools, place of worship, town meeting, etc.) “ p.42-43. (Emphasis is mine.)
Here’s a little review of The ‘Omissioners action in relation to the above USDA recommendations, or rather their omissions.
*Creedmoor’s neighbors on Hester Road did not even know Creedmoor had a plan to build a sewage plant next door until some citizens bought ads and wrote letters to the local paper, The Butner Creedmoor News.
*No notices to adjacent land owners, no talking to civic groups, church groups, or Creedmoor’s neighbors in the county who will bear the burden of sewage spills (see The Latest, Pee-yew, 7-1-2013).
*No public meetings.
*Nothing from The ‘Omissioners to promote support and backing for the sewage plant.
Folks in the county do not want Creedmoor to have sewage problems. The ‘Omissioners have had 5 years at least to build support and backing for this plant IF IT WERE NECESSARY.
Most folks understand that safely disposing of sewage is one of the most important jobs of local government; most folks know Southern Granville County is growing. NO ONE in Southern Granville County would wish for Creedmoor to be unable to perform that task. It would be a disaster for us all!
Over 5 years, behind closed doors, The ‘Ommissioners have been working, planning, and discussing this plant with each other and their paid consultants. They have convinced themselves of the necessity but they forgot about us, the public, who must bear the brunt of the environmental damage and potential spills, and the financial harm inflicted by building the sewage plant.
The ‘Ommissioners convinced themselves, but purposefully choose to ignore us, didn’t want our input, and apparently they still don’t want us to even know what they are doing.
The ‘Ommissioners have failed to make the case for need. Maybe the reason The ‘Ommissioners made no attempt to make the case is because THERE IS NO CASE TO MAKE. THERE IS NO NEED!
SGWASA is currently serving all the residents well and can continue to do so for the next 20+ years.
So, NO, Diana, I cannot send you a readable map. If The ‘Ommssioners choose to provide one, I will post it here, but don’t hold your breath.
Or wait, maybe you should hold your breath because…
Something Stinks in Creedmoor!