June 16, 2017
At the 5/25/17 BOC meeting, Salmon derailed the multi-month budget discussions and tentative approval of the budget by wanting to add several hundred thousand dollars to the budget at the last minute. His idea was to either build another fire station or add sleeping quarters and full time EMS staff to the Farrah station. He said this would just use the “surplus” that would be left at the end of the FY17 year. This was his last minute idea of spending money, instead of reducing the property taxes this year. (See more details here.)
At the 6/12/17 Public Hearing, Salmon again sabotaged the meeting by having the Extension Service/4H personnel work all day to gather quotes for a new 4H van and present them to the other BOC members. Kacey Hall, 4H Coordinator, said she was asked to prepare these quotes for the members of the board by Comm. Salmon.
This presentation and discussion took 25 minutes of BOC time; time they were going to use to discuss 2018 SPLOST projects.
After the discussion, Comm. Salmon decided this was an emergency, no bids were needed, and tried to make a motion to buy the van. Commissioner Pennamon stopped him and explained proper procedure to Comm. Salmon for adding emergency items to the meeting agenda. Watch this video:
Comm. Pennamon also made it clear that he had not heard anything about this van purchase before the presentation that night.
This is just one more example of Comm. Salmon undermining the rest of the BOC members, and making them look foolish for not knowing what is going on. Maybe this is the only way Comm. Salmon can get the attention he seems to crave.
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