citizens of the Cedar Valley address the proposal for a coal burning power plant

Waterloo, Iowa

City Council meeting

May 7, 2007

 

 

 

c e d a r v a l l e y s p e a k s

Group 6

6. Loree Rackstraw.2109 Walnut ST., CF

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. MY NAME IS LOREE RACKSTRAW. I LIVE AT 2109 WALNUT ST. IN CEDAR FALLS.
I’ve been quite impressed today with the number of persons of considerable intelligence and research and energy that has been able to provide us with information today and I think we are all pretty much in awe of what they have been able to contribute to our dialogue. I think you all as councilmen and the mayor have tremendous responsibility and all of us understand and appreciate the need to increase the tax base and for providing jobs to our citizens…none of us is against that, that is very, very clear. In terms of the lack or the abundance of information, I think we have a wealth of information here, and it’s free, and many of us would be very, very happy to continue this research and do whatever we can to aid to the knowledge base that Mr. Milburn has been able to give us so far.

For example, if he would like to learn more about IDC plants, there are already several operating on the West Coast and Carrie La Seur would be able to give you more information about that if he wishes from Terry Tamminen, who is the former head of the California EPA. There are 3 new, in the last five years, wind turbine plants operating in Iowa and they cannot begin to keep up with the orders that they are receiving from throughout the Midwest. I would be so proud of our elected representatives and our chambers of commerce if they would solicit this kind of industry to raise the tax base of our community. We do not need a coal-fired plant in Iowa. Neither does the state of Iowa and certainly we do not. $25 dollars per household of tax relief in our community is just not worth risking the devastation it can cause our citizens and our property.

I beseech you to gather more information before you make a final decision on this issue. And give more time for more knowledge to come in and maybe more opportunity to seek other kinds of industrial development in our community. Thank you for taking the time and the energy you take as elected representatives and please continues to do the best you can to serve the health and needs of our community as well the financial needs.