Closed Meeting Arrranged by Kip Averitt That Leaves the Public Out but Caters to the Govt and KKR is *Sunny*Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Closed Meeting Arrranged by Kip Averitt That Leaves the Public Out but Caters to the Govt and KKR is *Sunny*

23 March 2007 at 10:07:08 AM

Thought it was odd yesterday, not to mention inappropriate, when I read yesterday that Averitt was the Go-person for arranging a meeting between the biggies who want to buy TXU and the Waco governmental and business community. Is that really what our elected officials are supposed to do, help broker deals?

But I had to laugh when I read the article describing the meeting, entitled "City Leaders Sunny on New TXU Power Plans" in, No One Knows What Goes On Behind Closed Doors

State Sen. Kip Averitt, R-McGregor, called the meeting in Waco between the investors and officials with the city of Waco, McLennan County and the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce — entities that had fought earlier plans for two TXU coal-fired power plants in the county because of air quality concerns.

In attendance were investors with Texas Pacific Group and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, as well as Waco native Lyndon Olson Jr., who is to serve on TXU’s new board. They fielded local leaders’ questions about future plans for power plants in McLennan County and Central Texas.

“It was a great meeting,” chamber president David Lacy said. “It’s always nice to have folks come and look you in the eye and have reasonable people sit down with reasonable people.”

The meeting at the Texas Life Insurance building downtown was closed to the public and the news media, and the investors claimed they didn’t have time for press questions afterward. Those who attended said the investors made no commitments about what would happen with TXU’s Lake Creek and Tradinghouse Lake sites in eastern McLennan County.

Wonder if the COMMUNITY had been invited if the investors would have coughed up some information about those 2 *clean* coal sites (before they were run out on a rail?)

Even so, Sen. Averitt said he was encouraged by the investors’ willingness to listen to the community’s desires.

“It’s a very refreshing attitude,” he said. “They want to include the community in the decision process rather than tell us after they make the decision. They basically said, ‘If y’all don’t want to do it, we’ll go somewhere that does want it.’”

Uh, Hello! Averitt! Just WHO do you represent? Community? Who's YOUR community? The business leaders? And some people were snubbed. If you read the article, you'll see that one man went even though he wasn't invited, and another, the mayor of Hallsberg, who lives near the Tradinghouse proposed site, wasn't invited either. Gee, the people who would be DIRECTLY affected ought to have been able to go to that CLOSED meeting, that even the PRESS weren't invited to, eh?

Ugh. This meeting typifies everything that is wrong with our elected government. Somebody please run against Averitt in the next election.. please.

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