To the Editor:
I submitted this letter to the village of Carrollton council and administration for their meeting Sept. 9, 2013. This is a local example of how we all need to be engaged personally to know what goes on around us and not rely on others to tell us or assume that someone is looking out for you.
There are deals offered through attorneys in Canton for royalty recipients of $9100/acre and others of even more depending total negotiated package. Gateway $555,000/110 acres= $5045/ acre. Gateway’s evaluation of $2,200,000 means having the village residents potentially take a hit of $1,645,000 of future spendable income or if invested wisely even more. It also limits the future borrowing power of the village by a substantial amount.
Government entities are ongoing and should always look at long range planning, investigating all possibilities, not short term reactionary decisions for the moment. A potential income stream could be pledged to secure a relatively short-term instrument to purchase whatever goods or service is needed or even pay for infrastructure improvements resulting in much better long term financial health for the Village.
A short thinking or selfish person, who has a relative short life to live, might consider all they could get right now but even then if they had any family or even charities they wanted to endow, the longer payout over time would be the more prudent choice.
Regarding anything to do with water, particularly in light of all the potential increased demands for future water usage in the village as well as the county, it would have been prudent to have consulted with village water specialists Bennett and Williams.
There is a need for acquiring pertinent seismic records of all the village properties, in particular that of the village well fields and the region in general to assist in the completion of the village math model. Any seismic agreement should have had these considerations prior to signing, This opportunity would not only benefit the village but would result in a better understanding of how water moves and replenishes wells in general. They also have a background and understanding of sewage treatment.
All of us are stewards of what we have control over be it things or talents. What we do with either, in the long term, is a measure of our character and speaks to the maturity of the individual(s) making the decision(s). All decisions are only as good as the pertinent fundamental facts considered and the investigation into the options available. Dealing with immediate needs and crises is only part of a well balanced prioritized approach.
I’m a big proponent of the potential development of O&G resources but not in a frenzied, reactionary or short term manner. Development must be a balanced long term approach that will minimize the negative impact aspects. Important decisions and long term plans are seldom urgent but require a great deal of in depth fact finding and investigation. The answer will reveal itself to those who apply this approach. This approach would also minimize the need to put forth and pass EMERGENCY RESOLUTIONS in the future many of which could be avoided entirely with the proper initial long term planning.