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County gets NOTHING! Tommy Craig gets $21 million because his money tree is bare. Is this what the Governor meant when he said "Make money available for reservoirs" because it sure sounded like a grant at the time he said it. Why is it that everyone BUT the Commissioners know there will never be a Bear Creek Reservoir? Have the Commissioners got enough sense to ask Craig for a detailed projection of how this $21 million will be spent? He IS the reservoir consultant and if he doesnt know who do else do you ask? Get real Commissioners you are being had big time by your reservoir consultant to the tune of millions of dollars of OUR money. Or dont you even care?
A personal note to the Newton County School Board from a local taxpayer. IMMEDIATELY TERMINATE whoever failed to include the additional stadium
lighting at a cost of over a half million dollars. How can you run a budget with gross errors such as this? If this is not a reflection of what is most likely the tip of the iceberg in the inept management of our money, what would it take for someone to be terminated? I just can not imagine how someone who made a mistake of this magnitude should be able to hold a job anywhere. Oh, but we are known for on the job training here in Newton County no matter what the cost! Almost forgot.
Each year the Newton County School Board should hold a contest for the students' test scores. Whichever principal wins gets to keep their job.
I dont really think a post on a website fills the legal requirement for "Proper Notification" as ordered by the Judge.
This is pretty funny.
How about a billboard?
Maybe an announcement on WGFS radio in Covington.
Ah, maybe you could send out a notice with all auto tax bills and property tax bills?
Umm, but I dont suppose that qualifies for formal personal service by a peace officer or process server.
Hey, I dont got any more ideas.
Oh, well maybe I do. An airplane with a banner flying over Covington and Newton County!.
This attorney is really a candidate for Superior Court Judge!?
This would be fine if was only for RAPID RAIL! We continue to build highways we dont need and cant afford to maintain. Of course if we had rapid rail the GADOT wouldnt need a lot of people to design, build, redesign and rebuild all these roads. The construction of the metro interstate system began in the late 50s. It aint never stopped!!! Not even for one day.
Whatever happened to the hundreds of millions of tax dollars already invested in the Bear Creek project?
We are going to build temporary multi-million dollar sewer lines and then quit using them?
Why waive tuition? If the people are moving here, they will be Georgia residents after what, six months anyhow and will get all the benefits anyway?
Who was paid $3 million already on the 'planning' for the Stanton Springs water project and did the Board of Commissioners get bids for this work?
Mike Hopkins is the best manager we will ever have for the Water and Sewerage Authority. He has done an excellent job there.
Tip of the iceberg. More to come. Developers who ran the county, via the commissioners, and got their way on most everything, are responsible for these conditions. BUT this is only a microcosm of the real problems. Try on building houses whose taxes will not support necessary services such as money for building new schools. The commissioners did nothing to improve traffic conditions for the influx and this example of failing roads with no money in the budget for repairs. Of course you also have to consider that Chairlady Morgan took a large sum of money out of her budget, (She and she alone is responsible for road repair in the County) and gave it to the Special Projects Manager, Cheryl Delk, to build a walking trail from the library to Eastside!! You could have fixed a lot of potholes with that money. And will anyone ever walk from Eastside to the library on this 'trail'? Probably not.
In reference to the NCBOE destroying records. It is a violation Georgia law to destroy any public records and has been for years.
".....increased cost of purchasing water from Newton County." Cant help but wonder if the costs for interest on bonds and 'consulting fees' by the County Attorney, which have continued now for at least 12 years on the ill fated Bear Creek Reservoir project, has something do do with these increases.
It is duly noted that recently other municipalities and their water system managers have broken off from being in a 'deal' with their counties due to the cities lack of control and future investments by the counties.
After careful analysis of the entire scenario, it seems the only law broken is the alleged illegal closed session meeting during a meeting of the Newton County School Board. I certainly am no expert, but the facts are the facts and the law is the law.
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