Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:18 am
Letters to the Editor 6/30/16
ANOTHER INCONVENIENT TRUTH
At the May 17 CWLP electricity generation public forum, Mayor Langfelder said the proposed Hunter/Lake II is more about economic development than the need for more water in a severe drought. He may have revealed an inconvenient truth to the Army Corps of Engineers and USEPA, who must grant the permits to build it.
At the June 7 council meeting, Ward 7 Alderman Joe McMenamin reported the latest (2015) forecast of treated water use is 25 million gallons per day (MGD) by the year 2065, about four decades from now. Actual treated water use has averaged between 20 and 23 MGD over the last four decades since 1975. The projected increase is barely 10 percent more (2.5 MGD).
The Corps’ 2000 final environmental impact statement projected treated water not accounted (via leakage, thefts) would average 2.5 MGD. How much unaccounted treated water was actually there? In 2015? Still 10 percent daily? Waste not, need not.
The article in the June 23 Illinois Times (“Return of the residency requirement,” by Patrick Yeagle) regarding residency requirements stated that Alderman Ralph Hanauer did not agree with the logic that the residency requirement helped the east side because the ordinance gave future employees up to 12 months to move, meaning the city could still hire people living outside the city.
Hanauer’s reasoning ignores the fact that the cost of moving into the city within the 12 months would offset any additional benefits which a person might get by switching jobs unless a person is unemployed, which would be extremely rare for those living outside the city. The percentage of people living outside the city applying for the city jobs would be extremely low. Therefore, these residency requirements do help the east side.
ROUND UP FOR THE HOMELESS
It is almost unfathomable that unless we see a minor miracle, on Friday, July 1, we’ll start our second straight year without a state budget.
Those hardest hit by our elected officials’ dereliction of their most basic duty are those living on the edge – people in need of social services and the homeless. Fortunately, CWLP customers have a very easy way to help many of those left out in the cold by the lack of a state budget. If you haven’t paid your June CWLP bill yet, look for the Round Up insert with your bill.
By filling out the insert and sending it in with your June bill payment, your future CWLP bills will be rounded up to the next dollar with the extra change going to agencies that help the homeless. You’ll contribute 1 to 99 cents a month, 50 cents on average. You can also opt to add a specific amount, like $1 or $5. Fifty cents a month doesn’t seem like much, but multiplied by 65,000 CWLP customers or even a fifth or a tenth of them, and pretty soon you’re talking a lot of money!
In these strange times of state budget paralysis, signing up to Round Up your CWLP bill is more important than ever.
If you already paid your June bill, you can still sign up for Round Up by calling 789-2030 or going to http://cwlp.com; click on online services and forms; donation forms; and then Round Up To End Homelessness.