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Soucek: ETJ Issue "Not Over" PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 06:04

While the NC Senate and House adjourned Tuesday without taking action on the two bill that would affect Boone, Senator Dan Soucek says his issues with the town of Boone over extraterritorial jurisdiction are not settled, “My intent from the start—as I stated —was to spend the next six months or a year delving into the specific challenges and abuses in Boone. And that was what I was going to do and will continue to do.  I’ll be meeting with people in the ETJ to come up with a solution that suits the people who don’t have a voice in Boone because they can’t vote.  They can vote for their legislators and I represent them, and so I will continue to give them a voice.”  One criticism from Soucek is that Boone has used lobbyists to push the local agenda, “While I have been in office, Boone has spent over $250,000 on lobbyists.  And they were prolific in the legislature.  I saw at least three of them going into offices over and over again—many times spreading information that wasn’t exactly true. So it was a bunch of lobbyists verses a diverse group of population I spoke to over and over again in the community that  told me stories of abuses and not being heard.” “I don’t think that high-paid lobbyists should be determining what goes on in the ETJ, but the people in the ETJ should.”
Soucek’s bill and Representative Jonathan Jordan’s bill that would kill the New River water intake died in committee after both spent a week in the House Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House committee, but Jordan said on his way back from Raleigh Tuesday that his bill was moved at the last minute to an environmental committee, and that committee did not have a chance to meet. He also said that the bill was the last opportunity to stop the water project, “The rule is now final as this was the only time frame at which this rule could be disapproved. So the rule is in place and the project on the Boone water intake will go forward.”

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