October 12, 2016

The recent forum between the two candidates for the District 3 County Commission seat lasted about 90 minutes with opening comments and answers to questions from the floor.

At this link

you can see 11 different videos of the event, including the opening statements by the two candidates, J. Ross Hays and Gene Trammell.

Ross Hays, “My goal is to be your voice. I want to spend as much time as possible with you all so we can figure out what direction we want the county to go.”

Gene Trammell, “I’m running because it takes 2 to 3 years to learn the ropes and there is so much that goes on behind the scenes that you are not aware of.” “I can be more effective in this next term.”

A hot topic at the forum was roads.  The question was, “Why are the roads in this county in such bad shape?”  This topic lasted about 20 minutes; therefore, a video of an accumulation of comments is presented here:

Trammell says there has been only one application over the past year for a civil engineer to work for the county.  We ask, “What does that tell you about our Public Works department?”

Something that was brought up by Gene Trammell about Turtle Cove water was shocking.  He said, “The law says whoever provides water has got to provide the sewerage.”  Does he indicate that TCPOA will have to provide sewerage in the near future at a cost of $20-$30 million?

Other topics for you to see at this link

  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Agenda—behind closed doors
  • Issues that need to be addressed in the next 4 years
  • 5-acre lot size
  • Cost of development to the taxpayers

 If you are interested in any of these topics or any other topic concerning the county, there will be TWO MORE FORUMS for you to attend and ask your own questions.

October 20, 2016 at 7:00PM—Old Ben Hill School, Hillsboro

October 27, 2016 at 7:00PM—Jackson Lake Rd. Fire Station (Station 1)

 If you are really interested in what happens to your county in the next 10 years, attend the hearing on Monday, October 24 at 6:00PM.  The public has opportunity to speak on various issues: See “plans” for Jasper County hereMake sure you take time to review this document and understand how this will affect you, your property taxes, and your county



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  1. Enough is enough says:

    Gene Trammell says: “ you have to serve 2-3 years before you get to be a commissioner. It takes that long to learn the ropes. One term to learn and one term to be effective.”

    That confirms my suspicion. These commissioners are like fish out of water and by his own admission, ineffective.

    The past 4 years we have seen a 30-year contract signed, county debt increased and property taxes raised time and time again. Not to mention the near train wreck of a solid waste authority.

    Commissioner Trammell would like to serve four more years. No. Thank you.

    My finances cannot afford four more years of a Trammell administration and we cannot afford four more years of this “get along” policy.

  2. The truth was spoken says:

    Probably unknowingly Gene Trammell finally spoke the truth. He said there is so much that goes on behind the scenes. He is the master of back room deals. We have had way too many of them since he was elected to the commission.

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