August 2, 2016
According to County Manager, Mike Benton, Jasper County has gotten a very poor report from ISO, which in turn will cause everyone’s house insurance to go up. But that revelation wasn’t nearly as concerning to Comm. Salmon as was the TWG post stating that Salmon was the “ISO guy for the county.”
COMM. SALMON EXPLAINS HOW HE WAS INVOLVED WITH ISO WHILE SAYING HE ISN’T THE “ISO GUY” & THEN MAKES MOTION TO HARASS TWG
Salmon spent several minutes at last night’s meeting explaining how he sat in on the ISO audit meeting with Jarrett Slocumb, Mike Benton, and the (state?) ISO man on June 17th, and then explained he took it upon himself to call JCWSA (Frank Sherrill), City of Monticello (Waymon Cody), and ASWA (Juanita Gazaway) “because several questions came up.” Yet he is adamant he wasn’t the “ISO guy for the county”. He made a motion to have the county attorney send out a letter every time what he calls “misinformation” is put out. Watch this video:
It is not clear from the video if the other BOC members were aware of all this ISO work by Comm. Salmon or not, but he took time to explain it to them. As stated in the previous blog, this subject (ISO) has not been discussed at any commissioners meeting for the last 2 years or more.
Why wasn’t the ISO audit and the preliminary ISO report brought up in the July BOC meeting, since Comm. Salmon had done all of this in June and knew about the poor results of the ISO audit? Why was all this kept out of the BOC meeting(s) and the information denied to the public?
Additionally, why wouldn’t the Fire Chief, Jarrett Slocumb, know the answers to the questions, or find out if he didn’t, instead of Comm. Salmon calling the different water authorities? Questions such as:
A)How many fire hydrants do you have?
B) How many flush valves?
C)What size lines do you have?
D) Where does your water come from?
E) Where is your water connected?
Why wasn’t Comm. Salmon concerned about the lack of hydrant maintenance and lack of equipment maintenance, which resulted in a poor ISO rating?
No, he was more concerned with trying to stop TWG from reporting anything, because Comm. Salmon seems to think, and tells people, everything TWG reports is “misinformation.”
COMM. SALMON WANTS THE COUNTY ATTORNEY TO WRITE A LETTER TO TWG EVERY TIME THEY PUT SOMETHING OUT THAT COMM. SALMON DECIDES IS “MISINFORMATION”
Jim Alexander, County Attorney, tried to explain to Comm. Salmon just exactly why it wasn’t possible, feasible, or fiscally responsible to do what the motion proposed. He cited, among other things, free speech. TWG isn’t sure if this motion applied only to TWG or if it would apply to everyone, including the Monticello News? Heck, if you don’t like a story or the way it is written, just have your attorney harass them!
Watch this video for the attorney’s discussion with the BOC:
How did the BOC vote? The next blog will have that video and the rest of this story! It will be out tomorrow night!