WHY ARE THE TAXPAYERS PAYING LEGAL BILLS FOR CELL TOWER WORK WHEN THE CONSULTANT WAS PAID $55,000+ FOR THE DEAL?

August 26, 2015

“David Dyer has inside information since he worked for AT&T.”—Gene Trammell at the 1/12/15 BOC meeting

CellTower

David Dyer has played several roles in getting the 8 new cell towers in Jasper County approved, and was paid quite well for it. However, all we have is ugly towers with a red light on top and no service.

First, he played the economic development role—we must have these towers to bring economic development and growth the Jasper County. This is how most things are pushed on the county nowadays—the words “economic development” are supposed to mean lower taxes. David Dyer is the Executive Director of the Development Authority of Jasper County (DAJC).

Second, Mr. Dyer played the consultant role between Jasper County and AT&T via a company he is involved in– The Center for Municipal Solutions, which was paid over $55,000 in 2014 for Mr. Dyer’s consulting work on the 8 cell towers. On 11/18/13 David Dyer recommended approval on all 8 proposed cell towers, even though both Federal and State required paper work was missing on all eight towers, as was the tower removal bond.

Third, David Dyer as the cell tower consultant informed the BOC on January 12, 2015 that AT&T was out of compliance with what was agreed upon and a letter should be written. Of course, he wanted the county attorney to write the letter at taxpayers’ expense, even though he was the paid consultant.

On 1/20/15, David Dyer and Comm. Gene Trammell met in Covington in Jim Alexander’s (the commissioners’ attorney) office. Since this meeting was out of the county and out of the eye of the public, we don’t know if anyone from AT&T was present. The cost to the taxpayers for this little meeting was $490, plus another $140 for a letter written to AT&T for non-compliance. You can see a copy of Alexander’s entire bill here, including the AT&T work.   http://www.taxdogs.com/082515ATT.AlexRoyBill.pdf

We must question why David Dyer and The Center for Municipal Solutions that received $55,000 for consulting work did not pay the legal fees associated with this mess.

At the 3/2/15 BOC meeting AT&T representatives stated AT&T WILL NOT EQUIP NEW CELL TOWERS ANY TIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE. AT&T reneged on the original agreement after having the towers built.  Just recently AT&T stated there will be TWO towers that will be activated before the end of this year, and they are committed to “enhancing” the AT&T network in Jasper County. We just don’t when that “enhancement” will take place. Additionally, the BOC has refused to use the penalty clause of $350 per day to enforce compliance.

As a side note, AT&T had 2014 revenues of $131.6B with $30B of cash from operations according to their annual shareholder’s report. David Walker with AT&T wireless told the BOC, “AT&T has not forgotten the plan, but will do things as capital becomes available.”

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4 Responses to WHY ARE THE TAXPAYERS PAYING LEGAL BILLS FOR CELL TOWER WORK WHEN THE CONSULTANT WAS PAID $55,000+ FOR THE DEAL?

  1. Misappropriation of funds? says:

    There is no accountability from the DAJC, even after they got a hefty budget increase this fiscal year.

    At the very least, the DAJC should come before the BOC and the people once every quarter and give an update on the various projects.

    How is Norton doing? How many people are employed there?

    How is the Thompson and Thwaite project coming along?

    How about Baxter? How many people transferred by Baxter moved into Jasper County? How many Jasper County residents found gainful employment at Baxter?

    Companies are getting tax abatements and are financed via bonds, with taxpayers’ backing, as incentives to move to Jasper County. This is all done in the name of economic development and job creation.

    What is the DAJC doing with all that taxpayer money?

  2. Dyer's Got To Go says:

    There is so such a shade surrounding economic development that the only way now to clear the fog enveloping DAJC business practices would be for the Board of Commissioners to appoint a citizens committee to look into whether or not DJAC has misappropriated any public funds, either voluntarily or involuntary, such as was convened to study the landfill issues.

    One issue that demands scrutiny is whether bankers, engineers, and other professionals who serve on the board receive any monetary return on economic development initiatives they promote. Is this an ethical practice? Absolute trust comes only from verification, so DJAC should open its check registers to the eyes of the public. After all, they so flagrantly spend our money. Regardless, we already know David Dyer serves as consultant to county economic development and vendor, as well. If that isn’t unethical maybe nothing is.

    If there remains a stiff backbone on the Board of Commissioners, they will vote to remove David Dyer ASAP.

    The affair with AT&T needed no county input outside of zoning permits. It should have been a business transaction between property owners and AT&T, as has been done in the past, at no county expense.

    Now Dyer needs to go, either though Commissioners vote or citizen activism.

    Save the taxpayers from more unnecessary debt. Send Dyer packing.

  3. JASPER COUNTY GOVERNMENT HAS BECOME A SEWER says:

    .Yet, Another shady deal between Trammell, Dyer and the county attorney.Color me unsurprised. .The GBI needs to thoroughly investigate all involved for malfeasance.And, David Dyer is not the only one on the DJAC board doubling dipping, either.There should be a ban on those serving on DJAC who in turn profit from projects they voted to approve.This sewer is beginning to stink and It needs to be thoroughly disinfected. DJAC and the Trammell administration is in dire need of a little sunshine and a whole lot of bleach.

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