Update 03.04.2012

Many thanks to everyone who came to our first meeting last weekend. We had a big turnout and a lively discussion – it is inspiring to see the community rally around this issue.  If we work together, we can win this fight, and it is so encouraging to see our town is prepared to do just that.  We have received an outpouring of support from residents who couldn’t make it, or who didn’t find out about the meeting in time. Thanks to everyone for spreading the word.

We are pleased to announce that we have decided on a name: Protect Ghent.  We have set up a website, www.protectghent.com, which is under construction, but has links to our updated FB page and also has a link for signing up for the email list.  Our new email address is protectghent@gmail.com.

The Protect Ghent volunteers have been busy this last week!  We have held productive discussions with representatives of the Town Board, and we will be meeting with them more formally in the coming weeks to figure out how best to work together to defeat the high voltage power lines.  We have also been interviewing attorneys, and hope to hire one in the next week. As we gather better and additional information, we will update our online materials.  We have started organizing our committees, and continue to seek volunteers. We will post the committee list online this week.  Please join us!  You can volunteer for a committee by emailing us at protectghent@gmail.com.

The most important thing we can all do is spread the word, involve our neighbors, and unite our town against the unwanted intrusion of high voltage power lines. We need as many people, as united as possible, to win this fight. Additionally, we have some immediate manpower needs:  (i) graphic designers to help with website layout & design, and (ii) volunteers with experience in press/marketing/PR to help with an initial press plan, and finally, (iii) anyone with engineering experience to help us evaluate whatever consultants we may need.

Also, as we discussed, one line of defense against a high voltage power line is demonstrating that there are historic buildings, structures or archaeological sites in our area that should be protected. It is possible to obtain special designation from the State and National Registers of Historic Places, with respect to individual buildings, structures and sites. If you think your property might contain any of these elements, and you’re interested in exploring the possibility of such a registration, please email us at protectghent@gmail.com and we will help coordinate this process.

A number of people have asked how they can donate to the cause.  We will have information on that very soon, and we will begin our fundraising efforts in earnest in the next few weeks.

Thank you for your support,

Koethi Zan