REC vote should be rescinded

To the editor:

At last Monday night’s city council meeting, the majority of council (Kelley Singleton, Scott Broadwell, Sharon Soucy, and Ron Rimbert) voted to give away millions of dollars of public money after Mr. Singleton made a surprise motion regarding the city’s Renewable Energy Credits. This item was not on the agenda and was done in such a way that it will require no further readings. This is not right.

The state of Ohio has laws that are meant to protect citizens from such acts (such as the Ohio Sunshine Laws and Ohio Open Meetings Act). Although this meeting was public, the REC discussion was not on the agenda. I saw councilman Singleton over the weekend and specifically asked if a REC discussion was on the agenda. He replied it was not. It seems at every turn, the majority of council is working to rush this decision, discourage public input, and silence those who speak in favor of investing these dollars. This is not right.

We are a community blessed with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to allocate millions of dollars of public REC money. This discussion should be bringing us together. I question the motivation of those on city council who insist on making decisions when no one is expecting one. This is not right.

From the Ohio attorney general’s website: “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them… To cover with the veil of secrecy the common routine of business, is an abomination in the eyes of every intelligent man. – Patrick Henry”

It’s time for people who live and work in Oberlin to speak up and demand this vote be rescinded. We cannot stand by when so much is at stake.

Heather Adelman