Wastewater Conspiracy of the Most Egregious Kind [Op-Ed]

Public Statement by the Cape-based Group, Voices On Wastewater (VOW)

1. Final Report & Recommendations - Special Commission on County Governance

The group now called VOW has been informed by some of its supporters that the Special Commission co-chairmen, (Henri Rauchenbach and Rob O'Leary), will make their presentation of the recommendations of the Special Commission at the County Commissioners' meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 3:00 PM in Rooms 11/12 of the Barnstable Superior Courthouse, Route 6A, Barnstable Village.  The Report will be made available to the public at that time.  The written report includes the recommendation for creation of the Cape Cod Regional Wastewater Authority and the justifications/reasons for it.

The meeting and presentation are open to the public so anyone who wishes to do so may attend. It may be one of the last chances the catch all of the major opposition players in the same location for quite a while to ask them what their true agenda is regarding all of the proposals for dramatic regional government expansion.

In recent weeks, there have been those in county government who claimed that it is too early in the process to express serious concerns about the creation of an independent regional wastewater authority. However, we say that the County Commissioners were the ones that initiated the process prematurely by directing Andrew Gottlieb (Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative) and Paul Niedzwiecki (Cape Cod Commission) to facilitate creation of Cape Cod's version of the MWRA even before the formal report and final recommendations had been officially issued by the Barnstable County Special Commission on County Governance.

What were the true reasons for such haste? What was the real rationale for separating the vote and recommendation for creation of the regional wastewater authority from the rest of the recommendations of the Special Commission? Perhaps we shall never truly know those answers. What we do know is that the respective municipalities, residents, voters and taxpayers of Cape Cod need to be properly informed about all the various options available to them, including alternative wastewater treatment methodologies and adaptive wastewater management practices, not just building expensive sewer construction or taxpayer funded centralized wastewater treatment facilities.

2. A Decade-Old Wastewater Conspiracy of the Most Egregious Kind?

Former State Senator Rob O'Leary AND current State Senator Dan Wolf, along with the Special Commission on County Governance, and the involved county officials, appear to be conspiring to finally create the tax-dollar sucking and unaccountable Cape-wide sewer authority that they have desired for over ten years. The Conservation Law Foundation lawsuit, among other justifications, have apparently only been a political smokescreen to try and bulldoze this whole issue down the throats of Cape Cod taxpayers and voters by any means necessary.

Do some of our current and former elected officials truly subscribe to the Machiavellian political tenet that "the ends justify the means?"

To many of us, it is what is steadily becoming the most obvious conclusion.

The evidence is clearly illustrated within the content of the following Cape Cod Times news articles dating back as early as the year 2002.

Thank you very much to the person who we have come to consider our most dedicated supporter for researching and identifying this recent discovery, and subsequently bringing it to our attention.

Sandy Nickerson
Interim Spokesperson

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