The woman in charge of this program, Pat Sesto, is a member of ICLEI and does NOT work with your town's best interests in mind.
ICLEI is a United Nations-sponsored group which designs and writes policy
for your area on land use, energy goals and measurement, and water usage.
ICLEI is a paid consultant and/or receives dues from your taxes.
ICLEI was formed after the United States (George Bush, Sr.)
and 178 other nations met at the United Nations
Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and agreed to use certain principles as their guidelines. Those guidelines include major reductions in energy and water usage, and huge increases in the number of
living units in city centers. This is called UN Agenda 21-Sustainable Development.
In 1993 President Clinton formed the President’s Council on Sustainable
Development and gave a multi-million dollar grant to the American
Planning Association to write Growing Smart: A Legislative Guidebook
to bring UN Agenda 21 to the United States. Smart Growth was the result.
Multi-story condos or apartments over small retail with little parking,
crammed in your town center. The reason for this style of construction is
that, as UN Secretary General Maurice Strong said, ‘the affluence of
Americans is a threat to the planet.’ Single family homes are a threat.
Across the nation, in large cities and small towns, like this one, identical
programs are being rolled out. Land use restrictions, ordinances reducing
energy usage, Smart Meters, school programs, & candidate trainings, are
designed and implemented without your vote.
You may be invited to city visioning meetings, but the outcome is decided before you enter the room. Using ICLEI greenhouse gas emissions goals, your local government is in the process of controlling where and how you live, what you eat, what your children learn, and what laws you will live under. With the cover of ‘environmental concern’ your personal rights are being restricted. Soon, you will lose the right to travel freely without being asked for your ID. Lose the right to water your garden. Lose the right to refuse a Smart Meter. Lose the right to live in a rural area. Lose the right to drive a private
vehicle. Under the guise of ‘Sustainable Development’ your property and
civil rights are being systematically eliminated. View Comment
Your statistics are totally one-sided and do not bring up any facts about the decreased property values of neighboring properties or hindered rights and increased responsibilities of private land owners in the vicinity of these trails. Anyone can make up these numbers and make any story look great even if in reality, it is a horrible idea. Sorry but the promise of "MILLIONS" of dollars is pure hyperbole in an area with a plethora of trails already and just shows how poorly thought out and absurd this entire project is. View Comment