To the Town of Ulster Board meeting
Jan 22, 2015
I want to speak to the Niagara Bottling issue. In your efforts to keep things as simple as possible – which is always desirable – the Town of Ulster and the Kingston Water Dept were able agree together on the details of this project and announce it as a reasonable deal, complete and without controversy. But since that announcement a lot has changed.
Even if the Town of Ulster had its own water system, I think in these times of climate change it would still be a tough sell. As it is the Chazen Cos themselves have needed much more time than anticipated just to produce the scoping document. Add to this the keen interests of Saugerties, Woodstock and the Citizens of the Town and City of Kingston, the issue has become much more complex and very controversial.
So, now, I believe it is prudent and reasonable for me to ask that you give time for Public Comment that is, at the very least, as long a period of time that it has taken the Chasen Cos to deliver the Scoping document. You must provide for public input on this project as it affects what is, in a very real way, the public commons.
After all, who does this water belong to? Certainly not to the Town of Ulster or even the Kingston Water Dept. And certainly everyone who relates to this water in any way has a stake in what happens to it. It could very well be said that this water belongs to God, in whatever form he appears to you. The right thing to do is to take the time necessary to gather everyone’s input.