The next BOC meeting is Monday, December 1 at 6:00PM. “JCWSA Billing Proposal and Intergovernmental Agreement” is on the agenda. We have requested information concerning this IGA and are waiting to receive it. It is strange how an IGA could be on the agenda when the county attorney has never been directed to work on one…at least not in a public meeting. We contend it is against open government laws to direct and discuss these things in closed door Executive Sessions. Precisely what we expect happened at the hastily called 11/20/14 BOC meeting.
Our Commissioners take turns praying before every meeting. To those of us who go to the meetings, these prayers seem to be political and self-serving. Here are some examples of what they said in their recent prayers.
“The Lord has laid out the agenda for us”—Trammell 8/11/14. At this meeting they pulled out a draft of an intergovernmental agreement for 31 years and gave JCWSA $50,000 plus $42,900 for 31 years. The public was kept in the dark; the IGA was not on the agenda and no one was allowed to see it before it was passed. Was this the Lord’s agenda?
“Christ is leading all our decisions”—Trammell 10/6/14. At this meeting they listened to Stan Studdard detail how his wife (Phyllis Studdard) had been harassed and verbally assaulted for months then fired with intent to destroy her reputation and with the intent to keep her from ever getting gainful employment. The BOC knew what was going on all along because the county attorney had received two written complaints. Was this Christ’s decision?
“Look to God’s guidance in everything we do”—Salmon 10/15/14. At this meeting they heard a 45 minute presentation from JCWSA about the county taking over JCWSA and signing on a note for them. Karen Degges then told the BOC that all this could be done easily with all the spare time staff has and “wouldn’t cost the county anything” except for postage and a few supplies. If staff has so much time why isn’t everything in the county right up to par and doing great? Is this what God is guiding them to do?
“All we say and do glorifies God”—Luke 11/3/14. At this meeting JCWSA Billing Proposal was on the agenda; however, because an injunction was filed it was tabled. That morning Salmon, Trammell, Degges, and two attorneys for the county met to plot their plan. Open records requests for information were answered with “there are no documents.” We found out that all this was “just a twinkle in someone’s eye.” Do lies glorify God?
Monday night, we will see what kind of mess these men will get the county into and for how long. Please let the BOC know how you feel about the county spending time and money on doing something that is not in their realm of duties, while other duties such as roads go lacking. Here is their contact information:
Jasper County Commissioners
Since the BOC opens each meeting with prayer, we will end with some Bible verses.
20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you,
sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth,
so that you bring back truthful reports
to those you serve?
The county offices will be closed both Thursday and Friday. The meeting is Monday night. We hope to see you there.
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