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Thursday, 28 April 2011


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Leigh Touchton

Thank you for posting this, Mr. Quarterman. I did not have a tape recorder, I described to best of my recollection what I heard inside the meeting and what Mr. Paulk shared with us in the parking lot after the meeting, and I will say up front that I cannot now remember what was imparted inside from what was imparted outside, but I'm pretty clear on the particulars of how Mr. Paulk described the situation WRT the VLCIA. Dr. Noll, Bobbi Hancock, and a few other people were with us in the parking lot, so perhaps they can make additions or corrections to my recollected conversation. It wasn't just me that Chairman Paulk was talking to.

Chairman Paulk said a few other things that were received favorably by the group, but for me I was just happy that he chose to discuss with us as a public official to concerned citizens.

Michael Noll

Thanks for posting this Mr. Quarterman.

I can confirm this conversation with Chairman Paulk and the details of it as described by Mrs. Touchton. I also agree with your general evaluation of the situation.

Simply put, I cannot understand why some on the Industrial Authority or with Wiregrass Biomass LLC are still playing games when it is clear that this project lacks both the economic footing as well as the community support.

Instead of wasting any more time and energy on this project, our community should finally focus on alternatives in regard to (smart) economic growth, the creation of jobs, the exploration of clean, renewable energy sources, and options to improve energy efficiency and energy conservation.

Bobbi A Hancock

I can also confirm the conversation that Leigh summarized. I have to admit I paid little attention to what Paulk was saying after the meeting. I do recall one patricular comment Paulk made while he was speaking to us in the parking lot. He said he could never (parapharasing) "sit on a lie". Whatever that means, he was referring to the VLCIA and the biomass situation.

Although I certainly appreciated the information Paulk shared with us (and told him so), I cannot understand Paulk's motive behind "suddenly" going public and saying the VLCIA should admit they were wrong about the biomass plant. If he felt this way, why didn't he support us long before the biomass battle was almost over? Maybe he will keep the dialogue between us open and we can ask!

It also puzzles me as to why Paulk was so willing to go as far as telling us how peeved a few of the VLCIA board members were at Alan Ricketts.
I have personally stood before Ashely Paulk and had spoken with him on the phone about the biomass issue prior to my address to the board. He, nor any other county commission board member, ever bothered to respond to the questions I presented.

This "sudden" open dialogue with us protestors seems a bit curious to me. Does Paulk have another agenda on his mind that he hopes we will support....like a new prison? For the record...that will never gain my support. Ive had the pleasure of contracting with the Lowndes county jail system as the owner of a mobile xray business in years past. I saw first hand how a jail was ran under Paulk's leadership. Since he's on the state prison commission, Im certain he would have some direct authority over the proposed new prison. Quite frankly...that scares me!

Dont go to sleep people and beware of wolves in sheeps clothing. Paulk may seem to support us now, but I bet the reason has little to do with the actual biomass plant. Let's see how open the dialogue stays when also start to protest the private prison issues...

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