To the Editor:
(Madison, NY – March 2013) As an advocate of wind power, but worried about having gigantic industrial machinery around peoples’ homes, I’ve heard talk that Town of Madison public servants, people we elected, are not acting on a “wind law” to protect our Town. So I read the proposed law, and attended Planning Board and Town Council meetings to see for myself.
The proposed law establishes compromise setback distances that protect citizens unwilling to sign leases, and also those willing to sign leases. Four February and March meetings revealed that Board and Council have done nothing to discuss or approve the report submitted in January with unanimous approval of their Wind Advisory Committee, appointed by the Planning Board that is appointed by Town Supervisor Ron Bono.
The Planning Board is hampered by failure of members to attend meetings—members appointed by Supervisor Bono. The Board agreed to a workshop to discuss the proposed law–including Town Council, Wind Advisory Committee, and open to the public. But, without explanation, Super Bono announced no joint meeting will occur. The Board instead will have a workshop without the Council and without the Wind Committee who wrote the proposed law.
Less expertise and less communication are better, Mr. Bono?
Citizens attending meetings are obviously frustrated that nothing is getting done, public discussion is being stifled, and bullying is masquerading as management. I have no confidence that Bono is capable of leadership to enable the Town Planning Board and the Council to address important matters. When is the next election?
Scott Kraly, Town of Madison