Here is our official response to the Village of Manhattan regarding their recent propaganda.
On behalf of StopNorthPoint.com, we would like to express our strong objection to the flyer that was mailed out by the Village of Manhattan in support of NorthPoint.
First, we object to the process in which the flyer was created. Did the entire Manhattan Village Board discuss, review and approve the content prior to taking a position? Does this flyer speak for each and every one of this village’s elected officials? StopNorthPoint.com is asking who wrote the content, who designed it, who printed it and who paid for it?
It is our understanding that this flyer is the initiative of Mayor Doyle and Administrator Sing without board approval. Is that correct? What is the motivation for Mayor Doyle to send out a developer’s propaganda piece when the all the discussions with NorthPoint have been behind closed doors without any public forum. Doyle, Sing and NorthPoint do not have the right to decide themselves which roads are closed or rerouted, particularly Manhattan Township roads, such as Cherry Hill, Brown, Sweedler, and Bruns, as discussed in a July 31st letter from Sing to NorthPoint’s Tom George. These discussions need to be in public and involve Manhattan Township officials.
Secondly, StopNorthPoint.com strongly objects to the substance.
The false claim that any successful legal action would merely delay the project not stop it is exactly the opposite legal opinion given to us by StopNorthPoint.com’s team of expert attorneys led by Chicago’s powerhouse civil rights lawyer Bob Fioretti. As we speak, StopNorthPoint.com’s legal experts are drafting a complaint with the sole intention to stopping this project once and for all. Period.
Further, Mayor Doyle’s claim that lawsuits to stop the project have been unsuccessful is inaccurate, since the litigation is ongoing and courts have not yet ruled. For Mayor Doyle to make that claim is misleading and irresponsible.
In fact, there is much misleading content in this flyer. For example, the City of Joliet has NOT agreed to give NorthPoint all the approvals necessary to move the project forward, when in fact, the City of Joliet does not have the authority to grant necessary approvals for the needed bridge, the FAA property annexation or several other key issues that are not yet finalized. Another misleading statement is that once the developer receives approvals from federal, state and/or local governments for the bridge, it can move forward — it is misleading because that is a long list of approvals that need to happen, that haven’t happened yet.
StopNorthPoint.com would also like to bring to Mayor Doyle’s attention that the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemetery Division has detailed a five-point objection to NorthPoint, which would certainly impact any federal undertakings. Additionally, StopNorthPoint.com, along with Stone City VFW Post 2199; the Buffalo Soldier Memorial American Legion Post 241; the Veterans of the Menominee Nation; the Harry E. Anderson VFW Post 9545; World War II U.S. Army Air Force Veteran B-17 Bomber “Flying Fortress” Radioman Attilio “Ted” Micci; World War II U.S. Army Air Force Veteran P-38 Crew Chief Felix Pasteris; World War II U.S. Army Air Force Veteran Motor Pool Supervisor Wade Krohn; K9s for Veterans NFP; Veterans Outreach Services of Illinois NFP; Cheers to the Warriors NFP; have all co-signed a letter supporting a National Historic Preservation Act review prior to any federal action being taken. That letter served as the foundation for similar letters written by the Village of Elwood and Jackson Township — both of which also ask for a National Historic Preservation Act review.
Other organizations who have drafted letters in opposition include Wilmington VFW Post 5422; Manhattan American Legion Post 0935; Operation Care Package; Will county Sheriffs’ Department Deputies F.O.P. Labor Union; Openlands; the Sierra Club: Midewin Alliance; Mary Baskerville & the Will county Environmental Network; Cunningham Neighborhood Council; Ridgeview Subdivision Association; Bishop Steven Evans & Leap of Faith Ministries; Wendell Martin and Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church; the Will County Farm Bureau The Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District; Manhattan Township; Elwood Community Consolidated School District 203; Laraway Community Consolidated School District 70 C; Manhattan School District 114; and Elwood Fire Protection District.
Further, thousands of emails have been sent via StopNorthPoint.com to senators and congressional representatives by people who want to stop NorthPoint. Even today, people are continuing to go to StopNorthPoint.com to send those emails.
The growing popularity of StopNorthPoint.com’s opposition movement, as well as StopNorthPoint.com’s investors are evidence that Manhattan residents and other people impacted by this project can’t be hood-winked into believing this propaganda.
Most sincerely and respectfully,
John Kieken & Ron Adamski – Founders
Stop NorthPoint, LLC