ACTION TODAY AT THE BUILDING COMMISSION
URGENT Charles Town Building Commission Meeting at 4:00 pm today, Tuesday March 19th. The Charles Town Building Commission will take up the Smokestack Sewer Bond passed by just one Councilor’s vote in the Charles Town City Council on Monday. At their last meeting, the Building Commission acknowledged the ground breaking Freeholder Petition; remind them that Charles Town has spoken and does not want this bond. Please come to the Building Commission meeting! You can’t speak at this meeting but you can be heard. Please bring signs reflecting the main topics below.
The Building Commissioners are volunteer officials with a mission to manage Charles Town real estate and make the city a better place. This sewer bond has nothing to do with the Building Commission or their mission.
THIS IS A RANSON PROJECT, NOT CHARLES TOWN’S
Not one foot of this proposed industrial sewer line is in Charles Town. The Building Commission should not borrow money and pledge Charles Town assets to fund another city's project. Let the Ranson Building Commission pledge their assets and borrow money for this sewer line.
IS IT LEGAL?
The Building Commission is prohibited by law from borrowing to pay another city's debt. Ranson has run up more than a million dollars in questionable spending for Rockwool and now wants the Building Commission to cover it for them.
THE BUILDING COMMISSION SHOULDN’T BE INVOLVED
The sewer bond represents a hugely complicated project that has massive financial, zoning, environmental and legal implications. The Building Commission is not designed to take on this project. The sewer bond is a hot potato that has landed in its lap. Even the JCDA members who designed this project have resigned. Why should the Building Commission hold the bag for this disastrous plan to build heavy industry by our schools miles OUTSIDE of Charles Town?
The Building Commission should politely decline to authorize the bond and send it back to its proper governing bodies--the Charles Town City Council and the Charles Town Utility Board (CTUB).
The Building Commission will not allow public comment but it is important that we make our case by being there with signs. Please attend and bear witness at this pivotal moment in Jefferson County history!