Why did the Chamber not request a meeting with Williams County Alliance to discuss the Charter?
Did the Chamber educate itself as to the provisions of the Charter?
The structure of County Government is not changed by the Charter except to give rights to the people and nature. County Commissioners must enforce those rights (Section 220.127.116.11)
County Commissioners are given the power to enact and enforce local laws to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the people and nature of Williams County (Section 18.104.22.168)
County Commissioners must take an oath of office promising to protect the rights of the people and nature in Williams County and to enforce the Charter and laws of Williams County (Section 5.2)
The Charter gives initiative, referendum, and recall to the people of the County on all matters affecting the inalienable rights to health, safety, and quality of life of the people and nature in Williams County. If Williams County Commissioners do not act in accordance with this, they can be recalled, and their laws are subject to referendum (Section 4.4).
The County Commissioners may form “a transition advisory group made up of government officials and residents to develop recommendations for the orderly and efficient transition” to carry out the intent of the Charter (Section 5.1)
The Charter includes a review process that must be implemented within two years of its adoption (Section 5.5) to discuss how the Charter government can be improved and/or altered “to maximally serve the interests of county residents.”
How is this “detrimental to the business community of Williams County”?
Why did it take the county government over a year to pull together the nine counties affected by AOP’s plan? They are to meet July 30, 2019. Are they finally acting because over 2000 residents of Williams County had to sign their names to a Charter Petition?
The Bryan Times July 31, 2019 report by Don Koralewski revealed that of the 9 counties involved in the Michindoh Aquifer, only 4 were represented in the July 30 meeting: Steuben, Hillsdale, Defiance and Williams. Brian Davis, Williams County Commissioner, said “I am very excited that we have begun the process and that OMI (Ohio, Michigan, Indiana Council of Government) being established will now be the mechanism for state and federal funding for future projects such as identifying and monitoring our aquifer. … We look forward to welcoming additional members in the very near future.”
How slow the wheels of government turn!