Leaders shouldn’t dress down public
I have attended many meetings recently of different boards, committees and commissions in regards to the industrial wind turbines and Tipton County’s comprehensive plan. Over and over I hear some of those members refer to the fact that they can’t be blamed for the public not “paying attention” and attending meetings years ago when ordinances were being discussed and implemented.
At the plan commission meeting April 18, some members of the public were, very politely, suggesting alternatives to the way the citizenry is notified of upcoming meetings and what the agenda will contain. As one person pointed out, many of us do not get our information the same way we used to.
“I’ve got two kids, and I know you have kids. When my kids don’t do something right, they’re going to look for somebody else to blame. And I just want you guys to own up to that, if you’re wanting to be involved, the opportunities have been there all along, and until this one issue came up, it’s great to see you all here, but we can’t do 500 ways of notification, but you gotta take some onus and responsibility among yourself,” a committee member said.
I understand the various county boards and commissions may have followed the letter of the Indiana Code regarding how they must advertise or announce these meetings. I don’t believe they followed the spirit of the law.
This industrial wind turbine issue is not just someone trying to build a large barn too close to someone else’s property line; this is a huge countywide issue, and I think everyone serving on these boards could have done a more aggressive job of informing the public, especially when I believe many of them knew of the secretive contracts being signed between E.ON and then juwi, and the landowners.
And I especially don’t appreciate one of my government leaders dressing down the public. These leaders were elected or appointed to serve the greater interest of Tipton County residents, and we, the public, shouldn’t have to baby-sit them at meetings to make sure they are serving the greater good.