WHAT A POOR JUSTIFICATION IN A LETTER TO THE STANLY NEWS AND PRESS ON THE STANLY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS $5+ MILLION LOCAL TAX DOLLARS DISPUTE WITH ALCOA & MY RESPONSE

May 25, 2012

A few items to factor in

Friday, May 25, 2012 — Regarding the recapture of the FERC license, it seems some folks want to focus solely on the money spent instead of the accomplishments that have been achieved or planned. Few would argue $5 million is significant money. But what if we solely focused on the money spent when considering new school facilities, ambulance purchases or the installation of water lines? The expenditure is only one part of the equation. The outcomes and the improved quality of life are the other. The focus also needs to be on outcomes and improved quality of life.
Much has been accomplished and many more outcomes are projected, thanks to our commissioners. Below are a few direct accomplishments that immediately come to mind:
1. First and foremost, public health will be vastly improved as a result of the commissioners efforts. PCBs and other toxic landfill runoff (like cyanide) will be more aggressively addressed. How does one put a price on the value of these public health improvements or the lives of our citizens?
2. Additionally, dissolved oxygen and water quality will be improved in a more significant way as a result of the 401 case. The final 401 will require much more extensive effort, resulting in improved water quality and enhancement of our precious natural resources. It will also translate into more significant capital investment and subsequently increased tax revenues.
3. The Badin Business Park and jobs were not included in the Relicensing Settlement Agreement. Tax and employment benefits of any redevelopment of the former smelter site are a direct result of the commissioners’ intervention. If Alcoa/APGI had originally intended to make these investments they would have been included in the RSA.
You cannot discuss expenditures or outcomes without the other.
 Ron and Nancy Bryant
Norwood

******************RESPONSE FROM DAVID MORGAN

                         FORMER CHAIRMAN, STANLY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

This letter is about the poorest explanation I have ever seen as to the benefit of spending $5+ million local taxpayer dollars.

Are the Bryant's trying to argue that NCDENR, FERC and the EPA would not have done their job of protecting and cleaning up the environment at Badin if the Stanly County Commissioners had not spent $5+ million local taxpayer dollars?

The Bryant's claim "tax and employment benefits of any redevelopment of the former smelter site are a direct result of the commissioners' intervention."

WHAT BS!!

ERI is ready to move into their new home at the former smelter site with no thanks, that I know of, to the County Commissioners or the Economic Development Commission. I think all of the credit for the new tax investment and the new jobs at the Badin Business Park goes to ALCOA's redevelopment effort.

It's too bad we aren't adding the tax investment and jobs of CleanTeach at the Badin Business Park, too. That, my friends, you can thank the Stanly County Commissioners for!

The Bryant's state "much has been accomplished and many more outcomes are projected, thanks to our commissioners."

Well, what are they?

The three " direct accomplishments that immediately come to mind" that the Bryant's list are NOT because of the Stanly County Commissioners or because of the $5+ million local tax dollars the county commissioners have spent on this dispute. These accomplishments are a result of NCDENR, FERC and the EPA doing their job.

The Bryant's names appear often in the email documents disclosed on www.theyadkinfacts.com.

You can read these and the other public documents to determine the motives behind the Bryant's and the other people involved.

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Tags: ALCOA, county, recapture, stanly

Comment by Whigkid on May 27, 2012 at 2:34pm

This ploy by the Commissioners to take credit for the jobs Alcoa has recruited to Badin, and invested in themselves, is preposterous revisionist history!  When ERI was opening, the Commissioners were looking down their noses at ERI.  Can the Commissioners show us any proof?  Minutes of all the meetings where they worked to bring ERI to Badin?  Incentives they offered?  Anything?  Roger Dick said the jobs were a "problem", and Keith Crisco tried to scare them away.

You have to wonder what happened between September 2006, when Stanly County was in favor of relicensing Alcoa (http://www.theyadkinfacts.com/stanly-county-spending/who-is-in-char...) and January 24, 2007 when Stanly Countians showed up to rant against Alcoa at the FERC Scoping Meeting.  I'll have to dig up that transcript.  I had a friend who was in with the takeover crowd, and I knew it was coming. 

Comment by Whigkid on May 27, 2012 at 5:21pm

Hmmmm.  Looking at the Stanly County invoices, there was one paid to Spiegel & McDiarmid, the law firm specifically engaged to represent Stanly County to FERC, as early as October 2006.  The Commission agendas and minutes online don't go back that far.  This was a new undertaking for Stanly County.  Shouldn't there have been discussion and a vote before beginning this?  Did the citizens of Stanly County ever know they were getting into this?  What was the goal at that point?

Comment by Whigkid on May 27, 2012 at 5:49pm

Spiegel & McDiarmid, on behalf of Stanly County, filed with FERC a Motion to Intervene on September 18, 2006.  Surely that would have required discussion and a vote at a Commission meeting.

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