It is with interest that Mr. Ron Harnack, recently appointed RTS Plant Manager in Randolph, has chosen to vent his frustration with area residents for questioning the wisdom of locating a shingle processing plant in Randolph Township. Mr. Harnack claims he "understands the concerns of retired citizens enjoying their golden years by the lake being overly protective." And states, "what these retired citizens often fail to realize is the need for decent jobs to fund the next generation."
I, along with several of my neighbors are "Golden Agers." We continue to raise our children and grandchildren, and are well aware of the needs of the next generation. We also are currently paying taxes in Randolph Township and are concerned about the quality of life in this township. One grows older, but also gains experience and knowledge as well, in the process. Our genuine concern for our neighbors and our community is very apparent, as Mr. Harnack is well aware. He calls us "overly protective!" We call this......... being well-informed citizens.
Every citizen in Randolph Township is concerned about raising their children and grandchildren in a safe, friendly, healthy environment. Jobs are important; however they do not trump the health, safety, and environmental welfare of the community: a community defined by its' citizens, fine churches and school system, county parks, nationally-renowned Boy Scout Reservation, scenic river, Lake Byllesby ... and the high quality of life all provided.
No one in this community, including the Mayor of Randolph, has indicated they are "against jobs and progress." Our citizens want businesses in the community and welcome those businesses which do not have the potential to discharge questionable wastewater into local creeks, release potentially harmful pollutants into the air and ground water.......as these types of businesses serve to degrade the quality of life in our community. The community's message perhaps should read....."Kids, we'll look out for you."