“Talking to yourself is okay. Answering back is risky.”
— Brian Spellman
Asking a question directed at the Town Council during the Citizens Comments portion of a public meeting is like talking to yourself. I have a question, however. In order to avoid answering it myself, I’ll write a letter to the editor instead.
Why is the Town Council proposing to spend $340,000 of taxpayer money to purchase private property in order that a solar array may be developed, when adequate town-owned property is already available? Not only does the land belong to the town but, the area is already served by high-voltage, 3 phase electrical ground level service.
The previous Town Council conducted a series of closed sessions regarding the placement and development of solar arrays. Because the closed sessions were conducted beyond public view and the minutes of the closed sessions are sealed, there is no way of knowing if the capped Westerly landfill location was ever considered as a site for the installation of a solar array.
The towns of West Kingston and East Providence already have solar panel fields located at town landfill sites. The former Westerly Alternative Study Committee recommended that the town’s landfill location be utilized as a solar-panel field.
Apparently, the previous Town Council decided to reinvent the wheel. Could it be that there were other considerations at play during the secret deliberations?