By Donald Freix
A very sincere thank you is hereby extended to the Public Health and Land Conservation Committee, Door County Supervisors along with all associated exceptionally hard working and I believe underappreciated, Door County public employees involved in responding to citizen concerns over environmental impacts and public health during the joint meeting Monday evening February 13, 2017. Anyone interested in the issues discussed absolutely needs to review the comprehensive Joint Meeting information packet published at the county website.
The following is an email message I sent to Representative Kitchens’ staff and close copied to Mr Kitchens this morning in regard to two issues of importance. (Spelling corrected)
Good Morning People,
I appreciated hearing Mr Kitchens at the Door County Supervisor’s joint committee meeting last night reassuring us of the inevitable and pending Sensitive Resource Area, DNR rules being drafted to regulate industrial and small farm land spreading of liquid manure in the Karst regions of the state. If these ever come into fruition, sadly they will only address a small portion of the known public health problems directly associated with the industrial ag business model. Caps on expansion and roll-backs of current rule violator’s herd sizes should be part of current enforcement, of which there will likely be little more of, even with a change of the rules. Unfortunately, Mr Kitchens was not listed on the joint meeting agenda, even though he was invited to present his views, and citizens had no chance to question him at all on the public record.
Forgive my skepticism and absences of any glowing optimism on the current political spin on that topic please, as after the DNR writes the “what,” of what is to do done differently, those rules will then be buried in the legal authority of WI DATCP officials to determine, “how,” any changes will actually be carried out, implemented if you will. To my understanding of the process, a time frame that is not being publicly mentioned in this discussion yet.
In the meantime on the second part of this message, Mr Kitchens appears to be silent so far on the district court ruling against the current fully gerrymandered, partisan and presently ruled as “unconstitutional,” GOP redistricting in our state. The 2017 Senate Bill 13 is in circulation needing GOP co-sponsors to gain any traction and if Mr Kitchens is actually interested in adhering to his sworn duty to uphold the state constitution, it seems an easy plus for him to immediately add his name alongside of Rep Novak’s and to begin speaking publicly to the waste, fraud and abuse of the WI DOJ appealing this decision and delaying implementation of the court order.
Thanks for your kind attention to these concerns.