REMINDER: P&Z HEARING THURSDAY, 7/27/17, AT 7:OOPM

July 26, 2017

The public hearing will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:00PM in the small courtroom upstairs in the courthouse.

Key Family Holdings, LLC, also shown as Key Estate on documents filed with the P&Z office, is asking for a conventional subdivision rather than the required conservation subdivision, which sets aside greenspace for any development this large.  A sale of the property to a developer is contingent upon the rezoning.

Here is an example of a conventional subdivision vs a conservation or open space design subdivision.  The number of lots is the same, but the conservation layout saves greenspace, views, wetlands, etc.

Which plan will it be?  That will be the question before the P&Z board tomorrow night.  Plan to attend if you are concerned or merely interested.  It is our county, and it should be developed the way the citizens that live here want it to be developed.

TWG

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IT WAS A BOND, NOW IT’S JUST BORROWING MONEY.  JDA REVENUE WAS GOING TO HELP PAY THE DEBT, NOW THE BOC SAYS “THEY NEVER SAID THAT.”

July 25, 2017

Constant changes and confusion….it’s how they get you to vote on what they “say” before you know all the facts.

Do you know what you will be voting on in November with the 2018 SPLOST?  The purpose seems to be to keep you so confused that you won’t know all the details and you will just vote yes.

If the referendum is as confusing as the conversation was (see video below), people will have no clue what they are voting for.  But isn’t that the purpose? 

The BOC has talked about certain SPLOST projects for months, then changed some of it right before the public hearing. 

A citizen asked if there were going to be plans the citizens could see before the vote.  Uhhh, no!

The BOC also talked about a $7.5M bond—people have to vote for a bond.  That is now changed to “borrowing money,” maybe from the bank, but you won’t be voting on that.  The debt—now up to $8.2M –will be part of the SPLOST vote. 

 

The BOC said the JDA (Stanton Springs) money would come in about 2020 and it would help make the payments for the “bond”/debt.  Watch at 47 seconds on video.  When questioned about JDA money, Comm. Pennamon says they were “expecting” the money to come in from JDA; they didn’t say it would pay the debt.  (He is on the JDA board so maybe he knows something we don’t.)

Ooops, but yet in April the BOC said JDA (Stanton Springs) revenues would pay on the debt, and that was reported in the Monticello News.  Comm. Salmon just last week posted on the TWG Facebook page — “As far as the $7,500,000 bond, it would be contingent upon the 2018 SPLOST passing. The SPLOST would generate $3,800,000 over 6 years. Then our investment in Staton Springs [JDA] will start paying off in a short time to take care of the remainder of the obligation.”

Next, the BOC and all those that have their WANTS, have to “sell” the project and get your YES vote. 

THEN you will find out how much debt you and your children will be liable for and how much your taxes will go up to pay for it…you know when JDA doesn’t pay off or SPLOST funds fall short.

TWG

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ZONING HEARING FOR 231.70 ACRE SUBDIVISION ON JACKSON LAKE RD.

July 21, 2017

You may have missed it because the ad says “Advertisement for Special Exception,” which does not really let the public know it is a zoning hearing for a “special exception” to the current rules.

Key Family Holdings, LLC, also shown as Key Estate on documents filed with the P&Z office, is asking for a conventional subdivision rather than the required conservation subdivision, which sets aside greenspace for any development this large.  A sale of the property to a developer is contingent upon the rezoning.

The public hearing will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:00PM in the BOC meeting room.

(click on map to enlarge)

Details about the subdivision plan:

  • Gated community with “upper end” houses
  • Located on Jackson Lake Rd., west of Turtle Cove, across from Cook Rd.
  • All lots greater than 1 acre
  • Plan submitted shows 65 dockable lots, 12 waterfront lots and 43 interior lots (120 lots)
  • Total acreage shown on application is 222.53, while 231.70 is advertised
  • Tax map 025C parcel 082
  • RL-3 zoning requires 1800 sq ft houses
  • JCWSA to provide water to subdivision


Information provided to show “value to the county”:

  • 120 houses at $250,000 average cost each
  • 65 Dockable lots at $160,000 average cost each
  • 12 Waterfront lots at $50,000 average cost each
  • 36 Interior lots at $30,000 average cost each
  • 7 Above average interior lots at $75,000 cost each
  • 65 docks valued at $20,000 each
  • Estimated total value to be taxed would be almost $44,000,000

If you have concerns or want to know more, attend the hearing next Thursday or call Shane Sealy at 706-468-4905.

TWG

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PRIORITIES, WHAT ARE THE PRIORITIES?

 Whu d’ya have? Buildings or roads? 25 years of debt?  It is up to you!

July 17, 2017

Commissioners complain about not being able to pave roads because they don’t have enough money.   And, according to Comm. Pennamon, the Public Works crew does not have enough vehicles to get everyone to their respective work areas.

But what are the priorities of the BOC?

Building more buildings—big buildings –multi-million dollar buildings—for Recreation and for Administrative offices, training rooms, and a fitness and locker room for the Sheriff’s department.

A new Public Works building has been talked about a long time, and $300,000 was set aside sometime around 2011.  However, this project has been scratched from the SPLOST list. 

Public Works is using the old work camp/jail as offices.  It is probably 50 years old or older:

Public Works uses a building that is falling in (among other problems) to work on equipment:

But the Jasper County BOC’s priorities are $2.5M for a Rec building, $2.5M for administrative addition at the Sheriff’s office, and $2.5M for roads (that will give you about 5 miles of roads).  And to accomplish this, they want you to vote in a 25 year bond.  Will your road be one of the 5 miles paved when you are asked to vote for a $7.5M bond debt of 25 years?

Watch Comm. Luke tell the public why roads can’t get paved—it costs about $500,000 per 1/2 mile—

Watch Comm. Pennamon ask the Sheriff if he can let Public Works have one of his old, out of service cars so everyone at Public Works can get to their work area in the county—

Priorities, priorities.  What is really important to the people of Jasper County?  You have a chance to say at 3 public hearings—each one at 6:00PM.
            Thursday, July 20
            Monday, July 24
            Thursday, July 27

TWG

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MEET JONATHAN GREEN, THE NEW JASPER COUNTY REC DIRECTOR

MEET JONATHAN GREEN, THE NEW JASPER COUNTY REC DIRECTOR

July 14, 2017

At the 7/10/17 BOC meeting, recently hired Recreation Director, Jonathan Green, shares his bio and vision for Jasper County Recreation Department.

 

TWG

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ANOTHER P&Z “OVERSIGHT”?

July 17, 2017

How can someone build a 486 square foot house in Jasper County when the minimum square footage is 1200 square feet?  Is this another instance of P&Z and the building inspector allowing a shed to become a house?

PERMIT A SHED & BUILD A HOUSE–CODES ENFORCED UNEQUALLY AND SOMETIMES NOT AT ALL

Not only is the home– yes, the property has homestead exemption— not up to the required square footage, but there are TWO “homes” on the 1.04 acres.  The second home has only 436 square feet according to the “residential improvement information” on the property record card.

According to the Tax Assessors website, these houses were built in 2015.  Were the proper permits obtained?  If so, when were the permits issued and why were they issued since the “house” is in obviously violation of the codes?  Who inspected and approved these houses for occupancy?

The pictures were taken by someone in the tax assessors office in February 2016.  Were these structures reported as being in violation, or do only particular people in the county have to follow the codes and rules?

There are of plenty of code violations that are easily seen day in and day out, but P&Z seems to overlook them…for years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garbage along dirt roads is common                                 Recliner & garbage in Herds Creek

Our P&Z director makes $50,000 a year.  He has a building inspector and code enforcement officer under him, as well as an administrative assistant.  Either the codes need to be enforced or they need to be repealed.  P&Z can not pick and choose what codes they will enforce or who they will require to comply.

TWG

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HOW CAN CITIZENS COMMENT WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE A CLUE WHAT IS GOING ON?

July 8, 2017

TWG has complained for years about the vague and even misleading agenda the BOC produces for their meetings.  If the citizens don’t know what an agenda item is about, how do they voice their concerns to the BOC before they vote?

The July 10, 2017 meeting agenda has several agenda items.  One in particular was unusual. 

      Resolution to approve Judicial Sales Taxes – Tax Commissioner

Since the BOC has never discussed this before and this item has never been mentioned, I called the Tax Commissioners office Friday morning to find out what this was about.  The Tax Commissioner was out of the office.

I then called both the County Clerk, Sharon Robinson, who was also out for the morning, and the County Manager, Mike Benton, who was out looking at roads.  At 12:30PM, I spoke with the County Manager, and he did not know what this item was about either.

Since my request for the agenda packet was not answered, the Judicial Sales Taxes Resolution is still an unknown.  There is little doubt that the BOC members do not know what this item is about, at least not until they received their packet.

Is the reason that the agenda packet is not available to the public before Monday—the day of the meeting—is to keep them in the dark as long as possible?  If the BOC, county attorney, financial officer, and county manager are all sent the packet, why can’t any citizen requesting the packet also receive it at the same time?

Other items on the agenda include:

Lynn Bentley –“report on audit” 

Jackson Lake Rd Specific Road Section Speed Limit Change (no mention of which section of JLR.)

Adopt Jasper County Recreation Association Board By-Laws (has the public been able to review these and comment, or at least see them a week or two ahead so they can call their commissioner and comment?)

Folks, this BOC is going to keep you in the dark as much as possible.  You are going to be asked to vote on a $7.5M -25 year -bond in November to pay for a $2.5M recreation building, a $2.5M-$3M administrative building for the Sheriff, and $2.5M for roads.  The BOC says they will pay for this $7.5M bond with SPLOST money and money that “will come in from Stanton Springs in 2020 and beyond.”  If the BOC can keep you uninformed about what you are voting on, you’ll be in debt, so will your children, and your taxes will continue to rise.

Citizens need to start demanding details about issues before they are voted on.

TWG

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