Yesterday morning in his office, Commissioner John Sweet defended the “concept” of the community enhancement plan put forth by David Koch and argued that the public was only excluded from coming up with the concept but were now being given the opportunity to weigh in and make comments. Meanwhile, BS Oregon is broadcasting emails saying, “Our community has submitted a proposal to Veresen … that would have the company pay a community service fee totaling nearly $500 million dollars to our region over 19 years.” The Our community evidently being the ill advised members of BS Oregon.
When I asked him why not place the public money in a public trust rather than a private fund Sweet, an elected official, implied there would be no competitive edge as the public would just get in the way.
“Politics being what they are in Coos County, there would be no advantage to a public trust,” he said. “Someone would always come forward to disagree.”
Sweet punctuated the statement with examples of public participation in the Tioga Sports Club grant application and the Bandon Marsh issue before I cut him off and argued that it is the public’s money and when dealing with public assets it can get messy and very possibly tedious but it is nonetheless the right way, in fact the only way to do it. Sweet simply may not be suited to public office and may be better placed starting a small business and creating a few jobs so he can dictate his beliefs without objection.