April 7, 2017
Haystack Wings & Thangz was turned down for an alcohol licenses for the 4th time by a vote of 4-1 at the 4/3/17 BOC meeting. Comm. Henry and Comm. Luke requested that citizen comments be moved to the beginning of the meeting so people could speak for or against the licensing since no public hearing was called. The other commissioners agreed to allow it. All that spoke, spoke against the alcohol license.
Sherry Braley was finally sentenced for “theft by taking” in her theft of $22,878.48 of county funds from 2013-2015, while she was over Planning & Zoning, Code Enforcement, and Animal Control. Unfortunately, the $32,000 the taxpayers paid for the “forensic audit” did not even include the absconded funds from Animal Control. Braley’s sentence includes confinement of 150-180 days in a detention center, 100 hours of community service, payment of a $2000 fine, and payment of restitution to the county. She also will have 10 years of probation. We are waiting to see how much if any of the money she stole will be paid back. The taxpayers had almost $23,000 stolen from them, paid another $32,000 for an audit, had to pay for a public defender and court costs, and watched as the BOC allowed Braley to get raises and rarely come to work for a year while being paid. Cost to the taxpayers, close to $100,000.
After more than 4 months, Shane Sealy presented a fine schedule to the BOC for county code violations—like trash, noise, zoning, etc. We can’t quite figure out why it took so long since the schedule was an entire 4 lines. Well, really 5 lines, but the 4th and 5th were the same. The fines are as follows:
First Offense = $300;
Second Offense = $600;
Third Offense = $1000 plus probation;
Fourth Offense = $1000 and Jail Time (up to 180 days); Fifth Offense and beyond = $1000 and Jail Time (up to 180 days).
Now the key is ENFORCEMENT, which has been sorely lacking!
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