January 30, 2016

Meeting NoticeAfter discussion at the January 11th meeting, it was decided that Shane Sealy and attorney David Ozburn would work on a text amendment for Special Events in the agriculture districts of Jasper County. This proposed amendment was supposed to be brought back to the BOC on February 1st according to what was said at that meeting.

After putting out the blog on Wednesday, January 27th to alert people to this issue, Shane Sealy called to say that all that was changed now. Mr. Sealy said Dr. Bennett will be writing the text amendment now, and it will be presented at the P&Z meeting on February 25th at 7:00PM. It will then be heard by the BOC on March 7th at their regular board meeting.

The BOC meeting has very limited items on the posted agenda. If nothing is added, here is what the BOC will be discussing Monday night February 1st at 6:00PM.

Old Business:   

  1. Bethel Church Road rumble strips—Comm. Salmon brings this up at every meeting. Despite the fact there has not been one wreck at Bethel Church Rd. & Hwy 212 W since the rumble strips were installed, Comm. Salmon doesn’t like them and wants something done about them.

  2. Railroad tracks.—The agenda is so vague, we have no idea what this is about.

New Business:

  1. Fiscal Agent – Family Connection

  2. FY 2017 Budget Calendar Review and ApprovalThe BOC will start discussing the FY17 budget even though the FY15 audit is not yet complete (end of year June 30, 2015 with audit due 12/31/15).

  3. Discussion on Driveway Culvert Pipe—Again agenda is vague and people have no way of knowing what this is about.

Vague and changing agendas are always the best way to keep the people in the dark.


Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.

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  1. A Concerned Citizen says:

    Is Dr. Bennett the property owner of Bennett Cove? If so, is it legal for him to be “writing the text amendment now”? Does this constitute a conflict of interest issue? How many other locations would be affected by the Special Event code? Why not allow all interested Jasper County taxpayers an opportunity to make recommendations?

  2. kmacwm says:

    If a property owner, who doesn’t live in the county, can write text amendment proposals, does that mean that a property owner who does live in the county can propose changes to the agricultural district? And, the Jasper County land owner, who lives here, actually makes their living via true agricultural production.

    • Alan Cox says:

      They can write proposals until they are blue in the face. It is our BOC that is the weak link and easily folds to the powerbrokers in this county.

  3. cheryl nowetner says:

    Nothing will ever change with the BOC. Always things and decided behind the taxpayers back, shoved down our throats, posponed, no explanation about what they vote on, lies to the citizens to cover their ass, more lies then they just do whatever they want and tell the public they vote the way they feel is for the public, never listen to the citizens as I’m they are entitled, sounds a lot like Hillary Clinton, right

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