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Pleading ignorance of the law is never an acceptable defense. Why are we doing business with a home-base company who is not in compliance with the business license law? Is he in compliance with the laws requiring his employees all be citizens? Is he in compliance with fair labor practices laws? Do we require this of our contractors? If not, why not? Does he even know about these laws?
This information about the path our BOC is taking toward improving the county procurment processes give one hope. However, why didn't our county managar and our county attorney "notice" the language of the current policies did not match the structure of the organization: no purchasing office. I'm curious to know how many years has it been since Newton County stopped having a purchasing office. What other guidelines or proper practices are they not noticing. How Embarrassing! Looks like they are still considering a good bit of language that does not support an open and fair bidding process. They are also missing language that allows Newton County to take advantage of the multitude of statewide contracts negotiated by the Georgia DOAS for IT, Audio Visual, furniture and other products and services. Use of these contracts could save the county countless hours and resources otherwise devoted to the bid process. While they are looking into processes, hopefull, they will find that bidders must offer an actual price, not "better that the other bidders" as was announce this last meeting as being accepted and supported by John Middleton. If it wasn't his decision alone to accept that bid or if he was given guidance to accept or solicit such an inappropriate bid, the citizens of the county should be told who that was. It was not one of his finer moments.It was another embarrassing moment for him, the county, the county attorney and Commissioner Maddox who is related to the offerer.
You are so very right. I would have thought that there would be a checklist of items that are verified by the County Manager and then supplied to the BOC. One would be business license, one might be financial stability, others could be information on any liens or other actions taken against the vendor and their staff.
Great Work was done uncovering "the rest of the story." I'm so glad we have this caliber of local news. This is a example of why there should be standard practices that require periodic RFPs with award of one year contracts with renewal for up to 3 to 5 years. One of the things mentioned at the last BOC meeting was that long contracts are needed so that the vendors can qualify for bank loans in order to perform the services required. Perhaps one of the items that merits evaluation is the financial health and stability of vendors. I hope they also review their unwise and possibly inappropriate committment to the recycling center contract. It's time that also goes through a vetting process. If they don't, I hope we find out the behind the scenes on why.
As Lanier Sims explained in the meeting, we need standard practices in Newton County that protect the citizens from this sort of behavior. The providers may be the best solution but unless there is regular vetting by due process of bid, we don’t know. What have they to fear in the bid process if they are the best value? Why do these commissioners want to keep the contract with these suppliers, what’s in it for them? What I don’t understand is the lack of fear of appearance of impropriety. I hope someone can find out what their reward is for doing this, even if it’s only protecting an alliance and no money or in kind reward is in play. The citizens in the room were shocked at this blatant act of cronyism. I sell to government agencies. I can't imagine one of my customers behaving in this manner. I also don't understand our county attorney not giving the commissioners advice preventing this behaviour. Maybe he did and they declined the advice? Will our county be the next with investigations by FBI, GBI or the US Attorney's Office? I sure hope not. This needs to be cleaned up.
I agree that the kid probably knows who shot him. Why didn't he call the police right away? If he lives with his parents, they have an obligation to the community to require that he tell the police who shot him.
The Silos is NOT a war zone in fact we have a Neighborhood Watch program that is proving to be very successful in reducing crime. Be assured, the Neighborhood Watch will be on the lookout for this car and the shooter(s) as will the Newton County Sheriff Department as they patrol the neighborhood regularly. One of the issues we have with crime is the "broken window" syndrome. If the Newton County BOC would repair our crumbling roads, we wouldn't look like a war zone.
I am very hopeful for the roads in the Ellington Subdivisions after reading this article. Last year we submitted a petition signed by over 100 residents in one section of 125 homes asking for our roads to be fixed. We have over 700 homes overall and our roads are falling apart in many places. The Newton Citizen did a cover page story, an Atlanta news station came out put our subdivision on the air twice. We were on the list at one BOC meeting for funding a small amount of repair and the item was tabled for possible future funds. The County Engineer did a technical survey and submitted a possible 5 year plan to fix our roads at a cost well over $1 million. To date, our roads are only worse. BUT, now I have hope. Please come see us,
Good for Meadors and telling like it is! The elected officials really think they can hide education and road issues from companies that are thinking of moving here? Why don't we fix things instead of trying to hide them?
Our neighborhood roads are falling apart. When will the Newton County Board of Commissioners do something about that?
Come to the Newton County Board of Commissioners Meeting on Tuesday, June 19th, at 6:30 PM and have your say.
How can we have a "BUDGET" for 2013 with NO MONEY FOR ROADS?
Please come and have a say.
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