OK Tuesday is a meeting for the County Commissioners to discuss their latest attempt to thwart Alcoa's efforts to bring economic development to our County. I thought it would be appropriate to suggest six questions that they might answer:
1. Why do they get so exercised in talking about fictitious pollution from arsenic and PCB's when the real public health threats (if any) are sewage, fertilizer runoff, organic discharge of storm drains, other storm drain run off from upstream (including PCB's used to abate dust on gravel roads fifty years ago) livestock waste, bacteria and other biological issues.
2. How many jobs and how much payroll is expected in the next five years?
3. What are the "Guarantees" of economic prosperity for the next 50 years? Alcoa was asked for and offered some guarantees, what do the County Commissioners have to offer in Guarantees with a Public private partnership, if in fact they can raise the funds to purchase private property?
4. What will be the tax base of a public private partnership to fund our County schools? Compare this to the Alcoa Clean Tech offer.
5. What is the pay back for the $5 million dollars in legal costs? Compare this to the Alcoa settlement offer last December.
6. How is this new approach going to make our County attractive to other businesses and industry that might want to consider locating in Stanly County? As of now, Stanly County is clearly "Anti Business" Large or small businesses.