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Public Power Community? (09/15/2013)
From: Stephen Conlin

St. Charles, Minn

I realize that none of you people have any reason to leave St. Charles, and check out that new I-90 business park. Not even the members of the city council want to start a business up there. Mostly because it is too expensive and too restrictive.

Speaking of restrictive, adult businesses are prohibited, so you can all relax; Pure Pleasure will not be opening another store here. Sadly, it doesn’t look like any other businesses have plans that include St. Charles either. However, I don’t need to beat that dead horse too much; it smells bad enough on its own.

What I really want to ask all of you is this: As you turn toward town off Enterprise Drive, and notice that the first thing you see is the city limit/ population sign. Have any of you noticed the small sign under it? The sign that proclaims St. Charles to

be a “Public Power Community?” Have any of you looked up that issue on the internet?

In a public power community, “rates are set locally—usually by citizen-controlled boards in open meetings where community members can influence local energy policies.” Really? When and where does this happen? Who are these board members?

How were they chosen? Did that website say something about “affordable rates,” and “not for profit?” I have looked through the last three years of council minutes and not found a single mention of citizen control or affordability. Can anyone at all make this issue more clear?

I am looking to form a committee of at least five freeholders to compose and propose a petition, under the rules of the city’s charter, to form a citizen-controlled board, and hire professional management to take the control of utilities out of the hands of the city government, a government that has ignored the people and continued to make life unaffordable to all citizens of St Charles. Especially those living on fixed incomes.

The front door of my business on 943 Wabasha Avenue will be open and a meeting will be held on that subject at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Hope to see you there.

 

 

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