Eleven-year MidAmerican Energy employee Heather Stancil, who is a candidate for Madison County supervisor on the GOP ticket, says she will resign from her job with MidAmerican if she survives to the November general election and wins the post.

That is because she is not in favor of wind turbine generators, which is a major thrust of MidAmerican.

“I oppose them. One, because the people don’t want them, and two, I live here. This is my home,” Stancil says.

“If we put them in, it will change the entire feeling, structure, lifestyle of the county. I don’t think that’s a good fit for here.”

“I’m not saying turbines are bad, or good, or indifferent ... it’s not a good fit for here.”

Unless things change, she says “I will probably have to resign” from her job at MidAmerican.

Stancil and her husband, Rex, a Georgia native, live in Earlham. The couple lives in a 103-year-old house that she says the pair has tried to take care of. Stancil grew up in urban Chicago and then moved to Phoenix, where she met her future husband.

Stancil was a one-term Earlham City Council member and also was a constant observer of the Earlham schools; she contributed to the Earlham paper under “The Redhead” columns.

Zero-based budgeting

Stancil says she would like to see the county adopt a system of zero-based budgeting. You start at zero  each year, and then have departments justify their budgets.

“A lot of hanky-panky is going on for $50,000 or less.”

She says the new ambulance garage and the new senior center might be good examples.

“I don’t know why we need to spend money on a meal site ...  I just can’t see spending that kind of money.”

“I think there can be other creative ways to come up with money for   a meal site for the number of people we serve.”

Roads

Stancil says the same approach  should be viewed when it comes to caring for the county’s roads.

“If we do zero-based budgeting we’re going to find funds that we don’t need to spend ... if we can take those funds and reallocate it to prioritize what’s important to the people of the county ... then I think we’ll see a much greater movement on improving these roads.”

“Where is this money going?”

Otherwise, Stancil observes, “we’re not doing it right, and perhaps the county should have some sort of on line system where residents could list their issues with roads, and then every year when the road spending comes to the fore, the comments would be there to help guide decision making.

Transparency

“Why aren’t we using all the tools at our disposal? It’s 2020. We should be able to use all the tools at our disposal to keep the public informed.

“It’s not just the newspapers, it’s social media, it’s the website, it’s everything to be above and beyond ...

“Every dollar, every penny, everything that the government has, comes from the pockets of somebody else,” she said.

“It’s a sacred trust. It’s not money that grows on trees. It represents time and sacrifice from every person.”

Stancil describes herself as a straight shooter, and not necessarily politically correct.

“I’m not exactly PC, I’m about getting things done,” Stancil says.