The residents of Groton Township have once again spoken loud and clear. We do not want this deal approved. Our votes are not for sale and are not to be negotiated away.
We still have a Constitution in this country. An item that our Founding Fathers considered important enough to include in the first Article along with freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of the press is the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. That is exactly what the residents of Groton Township did in 2005. We petitioned, we voted and we won!
We had no help from our elected officials. Not from our township trustees nor our county officials, the county commissioners or the prosecutors office, not from our state representative or our state senator. Now the prosecutor's office has been busy negotiating our votes away but where were they when we needed help? Not one of them lifted a finger to help or support us. But we did it!
Our officials stood by while a company from another country threatened the voters for exercising our constitutional rights. The residents made our views known to the trustees in 2005, two of the same trustees we have now, Chuck Highlander and Roger Russell and former trustee Keith Edwards. They didn't listen to the residents then and very few believe they intend to listen now.
We believe their minds are made up but they simply didn't have the guts to vote in front of a packed house. That's the same thing they did in 2005. Waited until the next week to vote, hoping not many would show up for the meeting.
If they had supported the residents then instead of approving everything the quarry wanted maybe it wouldn't have come to this. Our ballot initiative was approved by the Board of Elections of Erie County who said everything was in order.
The very idea that the quarry and some farmers are suing because they can't use their property as they want is outrageous. What do they think zoning is for? None of us can do exactly what we may want with our property. We all have to consider our neighbors and the community as a whole. It's time we have some representation from the people who were elected to serve us.