August 26, 2015
“David Dyer has inside information since he worked for AT&T.”—Gene Trammell at the 1/12/15 BOC meeting
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.”