$120,000 Geyser of Opportunity (for attention)

Roger Dick's "rat pack" were out in full force at yesterday's URRC meeting (which tries so hard to pretend it's not a shill for the Yadkin takeover clique).  The pretense which justified press releases and more media than have ever before attended one of these meetings was the release of the report "River of Opportunity" by Central Park NC's consultant Michael Shuman.  It's hard to say the report is newsworthy, when it's nothing more than a retweaking and repackaging of theories we've heard before, theories which in fact, have not been used to create jobs but rather to drive jobs away.  I'll admit the State could profit by taking over Alcoa's project, but the State could profit by taking over any private business.  Is that what we do in the U.S.?  I know, I know, it's not a "takeover" it's "recapture".  Except that the deadline for recapture passed six years ago.  (see Beating a Dead Horse - State Takeover Attempt

What is newsworthy is the fact that this report, which unabashedly promotes State takeover of the Yadkin Project, was paid for with public money:  a $100,000 grant from the U. S. Commerce Department and $20,000 from the URRC.  $120,000 of public money to spiff up old theories and put on a media show.  That's expensive by anyone's standards.

I was reminded, not by the report itself, but by media reports, of the false claim that Easley, before Perdue, also favored the State taking over the Yadkin Project.  All Easley did was ask for a study of the impact licensing the Yadkin Project would have, questions now being answered by ardent takeover supporters' own in-house report.  SB 1046 was passed and funded in 2008, having been sponsored by none other than Fletcher Hartsell.  But the study was never presented.  Curious what became of it.

Also presented at yesterday's URRC meeting was a report mandated by another of Fletcher Hartsell's bills, on State ownership of land submerged under navigable waters.  Hartsell introduced that legislation after the Department of Administration threw out the Yadkin Riverkeeper's legal petition.  Other than the report's misinterpretation of Constitutional Law, it isn't much.  It basically says "North Carolina Does Not Track Lands Submerged Under Navigable Rivers or Know the Extent of Private Claims."  For those who never take "no" for an answer, however, it could be a preamble to further legislation, if not extensive court battles.  Hartsell asked the Attorney General for an opinion on riverbed ownership in 2011 and the Attorney General declined.

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Tags: alcoa, central park nc, relicensing, river of opportunity, urrc, yadkin project

Comment by Ann on February 7, 2013 at 8:54pm

Whatever these people think needs to be discussed, the time and place to bring it up was during the relicensing process, not years later.  Give it a rest, already!

 

Comment by Don K. Hauté on February 8, 2013 at 3:37pm

Let's not forget that the Yadkin River Trust legislation failed the House 66 to 39 in 2009.  I don't think the current more-conservative legislature is going to be more inclined to a state takeover.

These takeover nuts are getting desperate to keep something alive.  They're rapidly losing support, between the end of the Perdue era and their right-hand man Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, the recent Alcoa relicensing support shown by the Davidson County Commissioners, and changes in the Stanly County Commission.  This is nothing more than a media blip which will be forgotten next week.

Good article in the SNAP:  ALCOA slams Uwharrie Yadkin study.

Comment by flowerchild on February 8, 2013 at 5:30pm
Comment by Firebird on February 13, 2013 at 7:50pm

I would like to ask the readers to start attending the Stanly County Commissioners meetings on the first and third Monday's of each month at 7:00 pm @ Stanly Commons, the Commissioners meeting room and ask the question.  Why is it that Stanly County is the only County fighting the Alcoa relicensing issue?  The Davidson County Commissioners are ok with Alcoa and Stanly is the only one fighting it?  Could it be because of Roger Dick and his cronies? Also, I'd like for Mr. Dunevant to explain why $5,000,000.00 is a "small amount".  Stand up and be heard folks. Enough is enough.

Comment by Firebird on February 13, 2013 at 8:02pm

The next Stanly County Commissioners meeting is Monday, February 18th.

Comment by flowerchild on February 14, 2013 at 1:02pm

Be the first on your block to send out some emails about the meeting Monday.

Comment by Firebird on February 15, 2013 at 10:44pm

Just a note to remind all about the Commissioners meeting on Monday @ 7:00 pm,(February18th) please try to attend if at all possible.  We need a good showing. What constitutes a "small amount"? Explain what you meant Mr. Dunevant!  Peter needs to keep reporting how much is being spent in legal and lobbyist fees. The citizens have a right to know!  We're taxpayers you know, you work for us!

Comment by Ann on February 18, 2013 at 11:40pm

I had tried to ask about the funding and cost of the  report at the URRC meeting and was stifled by Chairman Max Walser.  I followed up via email, and got an answer from Nancy Gottovi today.  $46,000 from the U. S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, $20,000 from the URRC, and $26,000 from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, for a total of $92,000.

Comment by Firebird on March 11, 2013 at 3:17pm

While our illustrious Stanly County Commissioners continue to "twiddle" their  thumbs, the Badin Business Park hopefully will be adding new industries and Alcoa should be getting their relicensing agreement.  You know what will happen then?  The County gets nothing, Alcoa gave the Commissioners an offer in December 2012 which they didn't even discuss. Thank you Commissioners for nothing.

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