Chamber urges defeat of fracking on ballot PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Saturday, 07 September 2013 08:18
The Board of Directors of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Friday urged voters to defeat a city charter amendment known as "The City of Bowling Green Community Bill of Rights."
Backers of the charter amendment say it would ban hydraulic fracturing in the city. The issue will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Chamber President Bruce Stevens said the board spent about 30 minutes in executive session discussing the amendment. He said upon return to open session the directors voted unanimously to approve the recommendation, with one director abstaining. The chamber has 27 directors, with 22 in attendance.
Stevens said in the discussion it was agreed that everyone wants clean air and water "But the city charter is not meant for political statements. There is also no mention of fracking." He said there were concerns about how non-retail business and the city might face problems and costly legal battles to be able to use fossil fuels. "It could be great for lawyers (which is Stevens' profession) but not good for citizens."
Stevens said the discussion indicated support for an anti-fracking ordinance being considered by city council as "what's really needed to protect the city of Bowling Green."
Directors also agreed to begin charging an entry fee for the holiday parade.
Stevens said the fee will be used to support the parade and the community. "The money will be used to award prizes and help sponsor the high school bands. With finances and transportation costs, and even with band sponsors, we sometimes don't have enough money for the bands."
The fee will be $50 for non-chamber members, $25 for chamber members and $15 for nonprofit groups.
The chamber is planning to make five awards.
Stevens said the chamber has found that many communities charge entry fees to help support their parades.
Additional details about the parade will be announced.

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