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Actually the county and cities are doing what they are supposed to do. Making sure we have proper growth controls in place is important. The good news is that they're expecting growth and it looks like all these groups are working together. That's a good sign. Do you want to turn into Rockdale, Dekalb, or Clatyon County? Crappy development is not going to help our home values. Is there a developer on any of these boards making decisions? Those and land flippers with insider information are the ones we need to worry about.
Lots of those homes built during our growth spurt seem to be a problem with high foreclosure rates, code enforcement issues, and cheap infrastructure that is now costing the taxpayers (county) money and time. Heck, we don't have enough money to fix all our poorly constructed roads from cheap developers and poor specs. Now we’re left footing the bill. The rational during the growth spurt was build the homes and retail will come. Didn’t happen. Ten years later and what? Can’t even attract a movie theater. I do believe the Baxter deal is huge for Newton County. I'm amazed we got it. We do need jobs and we do need to balance the tax digest with business revenue. Hopefully those 1500 jobs from Baxter will help and maybe we can sell some of those vacant homes while we’re at it. No borrowing on pipe dreams or air castles. Let the Baxter deal work to fix some of our problems.
Lack of building codes, foresight, poor judgment, self-serving politics, and cheap fixes have gotten us here. Let's get the facts straight. If I’m not mistaken, that trail actually began in 2005 (maybe earlier). Grant? It was originally solicited in the 2005 SPLOST. The 2005 BOC pursued this project and COMMITTED the county to $230,000(already spent 130,000) and City of Covington $225,000. Links Eastside High School to the library. Discussion was not “if” building a trail but quality and ongoing expenses. 2 options. Use asphalt, County assumes part of maintenance expenses and expect to be doing patchwork in 5 years – asphalt lifespan 20 years. Use concrete- Newton pays $57,000 more and City of Covington takes over security and 100% maintenance ongoing. Concrete: 30-50 year life span -little to no patchwork. Ewing and Fleming voted asphalt. Ahhh, no additional expense (today) but you pay at some point. Don't we know it! These 2 repeating the cycle of the very reason we are here. Haven't we learned? Schulz, Sims, Henderson voted for concrete. Morgan doesn't vote. Frankly (IMO), paying the $57,000 is worth getting out of ANY maintenance or security in the future which would most likely cost more that $57,000.
We just need to be able to vote on it. Get it on the ballot. Many other counties had the opportunity and passed it. Why is it taking us so long? I hope there are some standards and expect those that are looking to make money off the deal will scream the loudest.
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