November 5, 2016
The BOC has a full plate of issues on the agenda for Monday night, November 7th at 6:00PM. Even though we asked for the agenda packet, we did not receive it, so details are scarce for each agenda item.
Comm. Pennamon will give an update on the Joint Development Authority authorizing another $85 Million of bonds for Shire/Baxalta. It is amazing that the four counties would issue bonds for a company (Shire) whose profits were $962 million and whose revenues were $3.45 billion for the 3rd Q of 2016 alone. Somehow Shire can’t borrow $85M??!! NOTE: The BOC had no say in this transaction; the JDA decided this all by themselves.
The Jasper County Noise Ordinance will be voted on despite having no fines in the ordinance. The BOC didn’t want to take time to have another hearing and add the fines into the ordinance, and the attorney gave some circular, incomprehensible advice. People are predicting this was a huge waste of time and money and will end up not being enforced. Currently, there are continual week-end events taking place at Bennett Cove (the reason for the push of the noise ordinance) with no citations being issued for an illegal business.
After almost 4 years of talking about a county website, and “bringing us into the 21st century”, the BOC has this issue on the agenda. Jasper County Website Design, Hosting and Content Management . As stated, we have no information, but the job of a website design could be given to the Technology classes at the schools and be done for free! Let’s see what these big spenders on the BOC plan to do.
Eleven months after being hit by lightening, the BOC will vote on Landfill Scale House Bids and Quotes. Back in August TWG questioned how long this would take since there hasn’t been a scale house since January.
The County Manager will discuss Roads, Bridges, and EMS.
Last, of course, the citizens will get to make comments.
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