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Would the Commissioners please try Googling "county purchasing policy"? Plenty of suitable templates are available. Raise the standard for competence and integrity on the Commission. Stop embarrasing us. This has gone on long enough.
Good point; I overlooked that. Nevertheless I feel we are better off accepting it and improving the community than leaving it on the table to go someplace else. That is $250K coming into Newton County,and by most measures we need all the help we can get. If passing it up would directly reduce the federal deficit or something similar I might agree with your overall point, but I don't believe that would happen. The money would just go to another applicant.
Road and bridge repair is a public expense funded by tax money. Grants from private foundations are not tax money. They are gifts from generous private benefactors. We are lucky to recieve them, as foundations receive many more worthy requests than they can possibly fund. The development of local parks,recreation and tourism promotes business activity and increases local tax revenue for things like...roads and bridges. I would much prefer to spend weekends hiking, biking, and kayaking - and spending money at local restaurants, bike shops and outfitters in Newton County than having to travel to neighboring counties and states. We can deride the economic benefits of recreation at our own expense, and those who embrace it elsewhere will be smiling all the way to the bank. At least we'll still have our poor roads, vacant homes and unkempt lots. These restrooms will also support the farmer's market and other public events that bring money into Porterdale and help raise the standard of living for residents and tourists alike. For those who spend any more time in Porterdale than "driving through it the other day," this will be a welcome improvement.
This area has a lot of pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The roads are narrow, there are no shoulders, there is little lighting and traffic is at highway speeds. There are no sidewalks. Pedestrians often wear dark clothing at night and are very difficult to see, especially for drivers facing oncoming headlights. As the area has transitioned from low density agricultural to residential the risk of this type of event has increased. It is amazing it doesn't happen more often.
Thank goodness the voters are protected from elected officials expressing an opinion about public policy.
This is an excellent idea. Good job, Sheriff.
Being terrorized at gunpoint is not "unharmed."
Stealing food from dogs is as low down as you can get. This will be handled in a special corner of hell.
I know her and vouch for her integrity and accessibility. If you take the opportunity to know her - and she is available as an office-holder as well as a candidate - I'm sure you will agree. At least try it. If you do so and still disagree it will at least be on the basis of personal experience and not just throwing rocks.
If you live in the district she serves, it is apparent you have never taken the time to contact her, as Ms. Dickerson is very responsive and very attentive to people in her district, even the few who are rude and hostile. If you call her you'll find you have little to be frustrated about. You may disagree on a public policy issue but you will have no reason for personal animosity. If you don't live in the district she serves then your frustration is misplaced and you should apologize before God checks off that little box about bearing false witness.
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