January 12, 2017
Comm. Salmon has repeatedly tried to dismantle the rumble strips at Bethel Church Rd. and Hwy 212 W. This time he worked with a citizen living on Bethel Church Rd. to contact DOT, and then tried to push the rumble strip removal without going to the BOC for a vote. According to emails received through open records, Comm. Henry wanted it on the agenda for discussion.
When this issue came up for discussion, Comm. Pennamon had a few choice words for Comm. Salmon. Watch this video.
Pennamon emphasized that anything already voted on by the BOC, should be brought back to the BOC to see if they want to re-visit it– NOT go behind the rest of the BOC’s back to get your way when you lost the vote. He also said that this situation–Comm. Salmon going out on his own contacting DOT and working behind the others backs– has caused a lot of conflict with DOT.
Comm. Salmon had excuses…..this was all done by a citizen. But admitted he pushed this with the County Manager, and contacted DOT and the county attorney about it. Watch the video.
Salmon also admitted that he didn’t ask to have it put on the agenda. Why not? So he could have it done without any other citizens knowing about it?
Remember, Comm. Salmon is the one that said he didn’t think there was a problem at the Bethel Church Rd. intersection as almost weekly wrecks were occurring. He and the BOC rejected various ideas that were repeatedly presented to the them on how to stop all the wrecks, and eventually the death of a young man. Once a solution was put into place by DOT, the wrecks stopped, but Comm. Salmon can not seem to leave it alone.
The rumble strips are rough. The rumble strips are loud. They were put in that way by DOT, and as Doug Luke said back in February, there was a reason to do them that way.
After discussion, the BOC decided the set of strips furthest away from the intersection on each side of Bethel Church Rd. will now be removed to help the noise level for the citizens living nearby.
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.