SINCE WHEN DOES JASPER COUNTY ALLOW RV’S AS RESIDENTIAL HOUSING?

November 14, 2020

After several people had called to inform TWG of roads being built and RV’s being brought in on property across from the High School, pictures were obtained. 

It is strictly against Jasper County codes (that obviously aren’t enforced or even acknowledged by our P&Z director) to live in an RV.  However, there are two in plain sight that are being lived in.

A deck has also been built around the above RV, and it is obvious someone is living there full time.

This RV is next to the first one posted and is also being lived in.

When did Shane Sealy give permits for these RV’s?  Was there also a permit for the deck?  And why were permits given in the first place, IF they were?  There appears to be 2 residences on one piece of property according to the plat online.  This is also in violation of our codes.

It is doubtful that any of our commissioners ever drive out Hwy 11,  but maybe they ought to see these flagrant violations for themselves.  Of course, there is still a “campground” full of RV’s that people live in full time at the Bear Creek Marina area.  The commissioners became fully aware of this over a year ago and nothing has ever been done about it.

TWG

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IT’S A MIRACLE!

October 18, 2020

On October 8, 2020, TWG published a blog outlining serious problems at 911-problems that could put our lives in danger as well as our EMS & Sheriff personnel.  (In case you missed it: (https://taxdogs.wordpress.com/2020/10/08/911-whats-your-emergency/ )

Well, it’s a miracle!  The very next day the 911 Authority board held an emergency meeting and by Friday (October 16), 911 had a new phone system that now can see caller ID and can plot where the caller is.

We will continue to follow up on the 911 financials and if the director is actually working and paying the bills.

TWG

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“STANTON  SPRINGS  MONEY”

March 25, 2021

Last week the Monticello News wrote again about the School Board complaining about not getting their “fair share” of the Stanton Springs money.  If you would take time to look into it, you would see the county has never received enough money from the Stanton Springs project to recover their 20+ years of payments to the project. 

During these 20+ years that the County BOC has supported the Stanton Springs project (JDA), the School Board has not invested one penny in the project, but now they stand with their hands out wanting part of the “revenue.” Remember, no land in the JDA project lies in Jasper County. 

There are reasons there have been critics of this project from the beginning. The outrageous cost of the land (3 times more than FMV at the time), the billions of dollars in “phantom bonds” given to billionaires and their companies like Facebook, and the giving away of tax dollars for 10-20 years to these companies are just some of the problems, while the taxpayers in the four counties have never seen that “windfall” we’ve been promised and our property tax bills continue to rise.

In 2018 when the first Facebook project came, the JDA received $15 million for the land sale.  The JDA was not planning on giving the counties any of the money, but after some public outcry, Jasper County got its 10% of the $2.5 million the JDA decided it would part with.  The $250,000.00 payment was received and deposited 8.7.18 by Jasper County. 

How much did the JDA receive on this last deal just completed with Facebook and are the counties going to receive any of that money? The JDA just had $42 Billion of phantom bonds approved in court for Facebook 2. We haven’t been told what tax incentives were given away, and we will probably never know without an open records request hoping to get all the information on the “deal.”

From time to time an open records request is made for an update of “all this money” the county is receiving from JDA.  The last request was in December 2020.  Since 8/7/18, no money has been received from taxes collected by Morgan County (if there were any),  $43,029 has been received from Newton County,  and $102,260 has been received from Walton County.  These amounts along with the $250,000 do not come anywhere near covering Jasper County’s 20+ years of investments in Stanton Springs.

Both Comm. Gene Trammell and Comm. Doug Luke used to talk about what the county would do with all the money the BOC was going to receive from “the project up the road.”  We can be sure the current commissioners have a wish list as well.  Let’s just hope that one day, Jasper County will receive the money back on their investment and then some.  The School Board should not receive any funds until that happens since they invested nothing.

TWG

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District 1 BOC Election Results

March 16, 2021

———–Early Voting ——— Absentee ———— Total

Allen ——- 104——————- 2 ——————- 106

Jones ——- 151 —————— 38 ——————-189

Registered voters 1791. Total voting 295. Percent voting 16.47%

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Monticello Bypass project advanced by federal relief funds

March 16, 2021

Do you think this is good? Do you think it will get truck traffic off the square? Do you think downtown will lose business because of the bypass? Put your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

Governor Brian Kemp this week announced the availability of $277 million in Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA) funds to the Georgia Department of Transportation to fill in projected revenue gaps caused by the impacts of COVID-19.

The CRRSAA was passed by Congress in December 2020. Jasper County will soon have a Truck Route investment worth $22 million under construction moved up a year and a half to mid-2021 delivery.⏺

This project will build a new three-mile bypass around the city of Monticello connecting State Route 16 to State Route 83. It is forecast to reduce current truck traffic through the city by 10 to 20 percent. The typical sections consist of one 12-ft. lane in each direction with 10-ft rural shoulders.

“I appreciate Governor Kemp’s recognition for crucial transportation developments in Georgia,” said State Representative Susan Holmes (GA). “The bypass project alleviates growing traffic concerns throughout the city of Monticello and ensures that the distribution of consumer goods continues within our state.”

These additional funds allow Georgia DOT flexibility to advance several strategic transportation improvements in predominantly rural areas in Jefferson, Jasper and Putnam counties among others outside the 27-county east central district.

TWG

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PATHETIC! JUST PATHETIC!!

March 15, 2021

There has been Early Voting for three weeks, and less than 100 people have voted for the next District 1 County Commissioner. This is pathetic, absolutely pathetic!

State law requires 3 people to be on the job during early voting. What these people make an hour is unknown, but let’s pretend they all make $8/hour. $8 x 3 people x 8 hours/day x 5 days/wk x 3 wks = $2880 just for poll workers. These people have sat and waited for people to vote during these past 3 weeks.

Then there are ballots and other costs. A close estimate to the cost of this election is $10,000.

Tomorrow is “election day” and a few more people may vote.

Turn out for this election has been poor! Is it because of “voter suppression” or is it because people are apathetic, either about their duty and privilege to vote or about who the next Commissioner will be?

TWG

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CITY ATTORNEY TROUBLES CITY COUNCIL WITH “SPEAKING RESOLUTION”

February 24, 2021

Last week The Monticello News had an article on the City Council meeting that begs the question–Does the City attorney just draw up documents on his own or does the council ask for these things outside of the meeting(s) and just fail to vote on directing him on what to do?

Not long ago, the City Attorney brought another new City Charter for the Council to review; now it is a “resolution” to determine if citizens can speak and how long they can speak. The City manager even added that they might want to add if a citizen had to be a resident.  Would that only be for residents of Monticello or do Jasper County residents count?  Since the City has been so interested in the county helping them out paving roads (Post Road in the City limits) and with Code Enforcement, maybe the county residents should also be able to speak.

At the last county commission meeting, Chairman Henry brought up letting citizens speak at the beginning of the meeting out of the blue!  This is a welcome change from having to sit through an hour or two of discussions and votes just to address the BOC about issues of concern on the agenda or otherwise.  This is the BOC’s prerogative, but it is one item we hope they will keep in place.  They didn’t have to pass a resolution; all they did was vote to put this on the agenda without having the attorney type up a resolution with a lot of unnecessary jargon, and bill them for it. 

If you have ever been to any County or City meetings you realize that sometimes, even though there is a 3 minute limit, that the information presented to the elected officials takes a little longer, and they are interested enough to allow the citizen to speak longer.  Are the City attorney and/or city manager going to write up a new resolution when this happens? 

Councilwoman Cynthia Miller asked the question, with no answer given (in the news article at least)–“Who wanted a new resolution?”  Our question is–“How much was the City charged for this ridiculous resolution?”  The City attorney is not part of the council and should be directed by the council on what he should do.  Maybe that should be written up in a resolution as well.  It might save the City taxpayers some money.

Read entire article here.  Monticello Council Considers Options

TWG

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The City Should Not Spend More Money on a Failed Project Without Citizen Input

Time to start fighting for our OWN WANTS AND NEEDS

January 8, 2021

We elect people to represent us, the taxpaying citizens.  And during the last couple of weeks everyone should realize that the people in Washington are so out of touch with everyday Americans that they are willing to put American citizens last instead of first. Billions of dollars are budgeted in what are called pork projects but in reality seem to be a little more than money laundering. How much of that pork to foreign countries comes right back as “campaign contributions“ to the congressmen and women that sponsor such idiotic things like gender studies in Pakistan and put them into the United States budget? How does this benefit the people of the United States?


We also seem to have elected officials on the local level that are a little out of touch with the citizens they are supposed to represent. Case in point— Were the citizens of Monticello ever asked what they thought about buying a “mega site” and told what the cost would be before the City Council voted to spend $3.3 million on it about three years ago?

The city pays almost $18,000 a month on the note for this “wonderful deal” that has become an expensive bust.  This site has been mostly used by the Mayor and his family for get-togethers or by a City Councilwoman for holiday parties. The water at the site cannot be used (per the EPD) and therefore there is no mega site for economic development.

The city council has proposed a budget of $750,000 to make this into a park of some sort with walking trails and picnic areas. Of that $750,000, $150,000 is in their present budget. This money has not been spent yet and there are even some on the council that think it should not be spent on this “mega site”. 

Now is the time for the people of the City of Monticello to call their council people, to call the mayor, and to show up at the meeting and demand that NO MORE money be wasted on this project. It is time for the people to start fighting for what they think their tax dollars should be spent on!

The next council meeting is January 12 at 6:00 PM and TWG has learned that this issue should be on the agenda. Instead of complaining about your high utility bills and the waste of your tax money, now is a chance to do something about it.

TWG

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UPDATE–NEW PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR & DISTRICT 1 COMMISSION RACE

December 20, 2020

For some reason the BOC did not announce at their Tuesday night meeting (12/15/20) that they had hired a new Public Works director.  Michael Walsh is the new Public Works director.  He is from Monticello and has been operating Walsh Construction, Inc.  He does mobile welding and fabrication as well as residential construction.  He has a State Residential General Contractors license.  We do not know his first day on the job because we have not been able to obtain open records; however, it appears he started one day last week.

Danny Barron, who announced he was running for District 1 commissioner, has decided not to run for the position.  Instead, there will be two women that will run for the position.  Sheila Jones and Jennifer Allen have both qualified.  The election will be held March 16, 2021.  This is a non-partisan race where anyone can run without declaring if they are Republican or Democrat.

TWG

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BOC DISTRICT 1 QUALIFYING FOR CARL PENNAMON’S UNEXPIRED TERM

December 16, 2020

Today was the first day of qualifying for the District 1 BOC seat to fill the unexpired term of Carl Pennamon.

Qualifying will be December 16 through noon on December 18.  Danny Barron qualified today.

The special election for this seat will be held March 16, 2021.

TWG

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SPECIAL CALLED BOC MEETING TONIGHT–HOMESTEAD PROPERTY VALUE FREEZE

December 15, 2020

The BOC will have a Special Called Meeting tonight at 6:00PM to vote on “Homestead Property Value Freeze.” This is something that has not been on the meeting agenda before but was discussed in a work session with Lynn Bentley, Chief Assessor in November. No one knows anything about it, and it was not reported in the paper.

Agenda: http://jaspercountyga.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BOC-Called-Meeting-Agenda-December-15-2020.pdf

You can watch this meeting starting at 6:00PM on Facebook–

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THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION

November 19, 2020

What do you call this?

This is the kind of road work we get here.  We have to demand better use of time and resources.

TWG

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