Giles Free Speech Zone
The purpose of the "Giles Free Speech Zone" is to identify problems of concern to the people of Giles County, to discuss them in a gentlemanly and civil manner, while referring to the facts and giving evidence to back up whatever claims are made, making logical arguments that avoid any use of fallacy, and, hopefully, to come together in agreement, and find a positive solution to the problem at hand. Help make a difference! Email "email@example.com" to suggest topics or make private comments.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Why Did The Economic Development Commission Spend Over $22,000.00 More Than Their Income
It's not often that a new year could start over $22,000.00 in the hole and expect to stay in business but what's to worry about when you can just go and take more tax money or utility money and toss it in the pot to pay for such things as $8687 for the director's salary; $171.00 for internet; $1900.00 for health insurance; $392.00 for meals and entertaining; $500.00 for professional training; $521.00 for retirement or $253.00 for telephones. Keep in mind these are expenses for less than a two month period.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Elections are upcoming what are your thoughts
Legalization of Marijuana Yes or No and Why?
Friday, January 10, 2014
Should The County Borrow Ten Million Dollars For Proposed School Improvements?
I don't believe there are many who have been in the school buildings that would disagree there is a great need for many repairs to those buildings. The problem is how to pay for such repairs. The county last year spent what was left of the hospital money, money that was bound by Legislative restrictions to be kept on deposit and only the interest used. So the committee was told that such an expenditure would require at least a twenty one cent increase to the tax rate. To Mrs Vanzant's credit she impressively stated to the committee that there was no way to know if twenty one cents would be enough since the tax penny has not had it's value established and the collections for the past year have been down. The reality of the matter is that the increase would be more in the area of a twenty five cent property tax increase. The alternative would be a wheel tax.
It was stated by a commissioner that with this being an election year it would be hard to raise taxes especially this high. Does that mean such a tax increase would come only after the election, in September perhaps?
The county simply can not afford such a debt considering the population is not increasing and a large number of people in the county are living under the poverty level or on fixed incomes. A huge tax loss will be experienced with the closing of Fafnir and some of the newer companies are operating on tax deferred programs.
The school buildings need repairs but part of the money will be for administration buildings on East Hill and the bus garage and with a lowered student population is there really that great a need for the number of schools currently in use?
Lost Tax Monies At Milky Way
Currently, as a result of the previous bankruptcy, the owner of the farm has thirty two undeveloped lots in a proposed subdivision. In this subdivision there is an existing house on one lot and four lots now owned by the county from non payment of taxes. The county is required to sell their lots for not less than the amount the county is owed, approximately $40,000.
The roads and lot boundaries have been laid out and all the lots are available for purchase. The problem is that the road is not paved and until the road is paved, all are in agreement on this, the lots have little value especially when compared to their potential with a paved road. The majority owner of the property offered to pave the road at no expense to the county if the county would continue to tax the property at the current rate until the properties are sold and the owner recoups the cost of the road. This is the very same policy used to build most factories and develop industrial properties. With this proposal everyone wins. The severe building restrictions are changed to allow more affordable houses and the lots become far more attractive to buyers and realtors. The county gains value on their four lots and the future tax value is increased greatly.
The alternative offered by the owner of the farm is to forget the road paving and regroup the lots into one parcel to raise hay on. This would cut the tax liability to the county from thousands of dollars per year to a couple of hundred.
So what was the recommendation by the Committee to delay a decision and have the county attorney research whether the owner of the property can restore it to a hay field, if he can change the restrictions in place even as the majority owner of the lots.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
No Interlocal Agreement For Operation Of Abernathy Field Airport
City Suspends Rule of Law
Monday, December 16, 2013
School Board, Superintendent, New Hand Book, Resignations, Calendar, Etc.
These topics are posted for general discussion.
School Board staying at Opryland Hotel for a "get away" at taxpayer expense.
Arrogant bullying by School Board members Don Story.
New Calendar with Fall Break removed and a week out for Thanksgiving instead.
School Board Member Homeschooling their child.
Proposed Ten Million Dollar debt to repair school roofs.
Resignations of such long time employees as Donna Abernathy, Ron Shirey and Shelia Middlestadt, etc.
Low morale of bus drivers and teachers.
As I stated previously these are not my topics but some of the one requested by mostly school employees who fear retaliation if their identity were to be known.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Big Thanks Go Out To Home Depot And Their Employees
Home Depot sponsored and provided all the materials while many of their employees volunteered their time and energy to paint them. This was all done without any publicity or cost to the county.
Thanks Home Depot and the employees who made this project happen.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Over Two Months To Get An Appointment?
In the November County Legislative Meeting on Monday the County Attorney stated that she had been trying for over two months to set up a meeting with the City Attorney and City Manager in order to discuss the situation of Airport funding. It seems that what was thought to be an interlocal agreement never was agreed to by the city but the requirements for the county to pay large amounts for the airport each year just goes on and on without any input from the county. There is no airport committee where county officials are members and no financial accounting to the county for expenditures. Some might say, "that ain't no way to run a railroad" and many are now openly stating that it isn't any way to run an airport either.
"Because I Am A Giles County Commissioner I May Have A Conflict Of Interest..."
Why does it take two months for the county attorney to get an appointment with the City Manager, is he that busy, I doubt it's a problem he has as much as a problem with the time challenged County Attorney based on the record of her slowness in dealing with the by-pass/interstate development.
Here is what the county commissioners read when there is a question of a conflict of interest. "Because I am a Giles County Commissioner I may have a conflict etc." Do some automatically have a conflict because they are commissioners? That is what they are reading, "Because I am a Giles County Commissioner I may have a conflict..." The conflict is not because they are a Commissioner but because they are employees of the county or the school system or a close relative is an employee of the county or school system. It seems rather hard to believe that voting on the amount of money that goes directly or indirectly into one's pocket would not be a conflict of interest and simply saying that it isn't would carry any weight but it does seem that the least that could be done is that the appropriate words would be read in the declaration of any non conflict declarations.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Huge Ad Shows Arrogance Of One Denomination
Friday, October 25, 2013
Letter From MTAS Legal Consultant States Actions Of City Council Are Beyond Their Authority
Why is it so hard for city/county officials to just follow the law?
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Another Huge Lawsuit Filed IN Connection With Actions Of EDB/IDC
Pseudoephedrine Ordinance Passes City Council
Before becoming law, a public hearing must be held. I believe that public meeting is scheduled for 13 November but I am not completely certain of that date.
PES Power Board Raises Rates
PES is also asking for 2.5 million in new debt for a substation that was bid in at $861,292 leaving over a million and a half for “site preparation” . The Highway department can pave a mile of road for less than that, so what is required for a site to be “prepared”.
If what the PES plans to pay for remodeling bathrooms at a warehouse $68,800.00 budgeted and a bid of $74,125.00 bid to do the job I have to ask where do you get golden fixtures in this day and time? $74,125.00 to remodel bathrooms in a warehouse, a whole house with two bathrooms can be built for less than that. Perhaps that is the reason PES is asking the city to double it’s outrageous $200,000.00 a year billing fees to $400,000.00. Oh yes, I know TVA required PES to do a “cost of service adjustment” but how does that translate into a 100% increase. Surely the wiser heads at City Hall will reject this outrage and set up their own billing for gas, garbage, sewage and water. Two people and a couple of computers maybe? It seems with the exit of Wes Kelley the PES has drifted back into their old wasteful ways and perhaps it’s time for another community meeting to get them back on track again. The citizens of the county are being bombarded with more expense on every level while the jobs picture continues to erode for them. As a retirement community it seems we are quickly being overcome with more outgo than income.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Frozen Water Pipes in August????
Monday, September 09, 2013
Lies And Arrogant Children Pushing Attack On Syria
Sure it's terrible that people were killed by chemical weapons but would they be less dead if they had been shot in the head? Sure it is an outrage that people were possibly gassed by their own government. Here's the dirty little secret our government doesn't want us to know or think about; We, this nation, signed the international treaties prohibiting the use of chemical agents as weapons but we have used some of those prohibited chemical agents against our own people right here in the United States. What is commonly referred to as tear gas is banned by international treaty from use on a battlefield but is used regularly by police forces and the FBI. Remember how the FBI pumped occupied buildings full of tear gas, a highly flammable chemical, at Waco? Remember how 49 men and women and 27 children died as a result of that action, an action that would have been an international crime had it taken place on a battlefield instead of in Texas.
There must be clear trustworthy heads and concise proofs in order to justify an attack on a sovereign nation that presents no immediate danger to this country. There must be a clear cut plan of objectives before such an attack and there must be a commitment by completely involved leadership for such an attack. Death is simply far too serious to be considered on the basis of lies and phony outrage.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Is It Legal, Is It Ethical, Is It Reasonable?
Why Are Non-Elected, Unaccountable To Taxpayers Being Allowed To Put The County In Financial Jeopardy?
Friday, August 02, 2013
Big Change In School Board Policy; Efforts To Stifle Citizen Input At Meetings.
5.3 % Increase In County Insurance Premiums To Be Paid By The County?
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Lawsuit Filed For Over Eight Million Dollars Against The EDC and IDB
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Topic About Changes In The School System Suggested By A Poster
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Memo From David Rackley Lobbying To Stay As Head Of EDC
Requested Post From Mr. David Rackley
Monday, June 17, 2013
Ideas For Industries And Businesses To Be Recruited For Giles County.
Recently Connecticut passed some very extreme laws about gun ownership that has made Colt Firearms and others to consider moving out of the state. Have any contacts been made with them?
The old Red Foods store continues to set empty and seems like would be a perfect setup for an Aldi's Food store to supply high quality food stuff at greatly discounted prices. What attempts have been made to bring an Aldi here?
There are a number of companies trying to get out of California and some other union choked states where they can no longer make a profit, have they been connected?
How many different mid-priced chain restaurants have been contacted? I don't mean by an ad in a magazine but the franchise holders in a phone call or face to face.
What are some other suggestions you would like to post?
Thursday, June 13, 2013
New Blog seeks To Gain Access To IP Addresses?
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Looks Like The Capitol Brands Deal Has Fallen Through
As a strong supporter of the waste water treatment facility at the interstate/Bypass I had been very hopeful that this project would be a great asset to the county, while this is a huge set back I hope that it will not be an end to the development of the long overdue development of this area and the vast potential it hold with the completion of the waste water project.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Now That I Have Responded To Mr. Rackley Perhaps He Will Respond To Me?
1. Why did the Mr. Speer take two hundred dollars from the EDC funds supplied by taxpayers and give as donations to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts? This is not a question of their value only about the appropriateness of funneling taxpayer money to charitable organizations. Check numbers 4573 & 4583.
2. Is it not a conflict of interest to engage in a financial transaction, where you personally benefit, with the very committee you are chairman of. Are you the Rackley Technologies Inc. that check number 4360 was made out to for $180.00?
3. Is it not a conflict of interest for the committee to be buying insurance from the wife of the Director?
4.Why was a Payroll System by Intuit purchased for $574.00 with the Chase Credit Card in September when there are only two employees.?
5. Why is the August 2011 Board Meeting, where the lunch cost $303.60, listed separate from the other Board Meetings meals?
6. Why did Mr. Speer make a $1,000.00 taxpayer donation to the Songwriters event, then publicly take credit for the donation while personally receiving special seating and acknowledgements?
I'll offer my appreciation for your attention and response in advance, thank you.
The Second Part Of Mr. Rackley's Rant
Claim Number Seven By Mr Rackley
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Item Six In Mr. Rackley's List Of Claims
Item 4 & 5 of Mr. Rackley's Claims
Answer to Mr Rackley's False Claims On Friday, May 31, 2013 3:43
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Startling Revelations From Today's County Budget Committee Meeting
There was no approvals or disapproval's today only a number of departments presenting their request for the coming year's budget.
The first amazing thing was the fact that the only department, the Highway Department, that has consistently endured budget cuts was the only one presenting today that provided the most comprehensive reason for increasing their budget yet were the only one that ended their presentation with their commitment to doing what they could with what they were given. Almost every other presentation involved the idea that they just couldn't exist with one less penny.
The second amazing presentation was from Mr. David Rackley speaking on behalf of the Industrial Development Board. In his presentation Mr Rackley seemed to insult the intelligence of every person in the room by say he had "been through the budget with a fine tooth comb and cut practically everything". Now the question is if the budget for last year was drastically cut or even suffered a razor burn how come they were asking from more this year $5,000.00 more from the county? When this question was asked by Commissioner Pollard, a member of the Budget Committee, bully tactics were quickly incorporated and he was verbally attacked my Mr. Rackley as wrong even though Commissioner Pollard showed him the numbers in black and white from the budget. Mr. Rackley even included an audience member, who had not said a single word to that point,. in his abusive rant. It seems if you are asking the Budget Committee for an increase in your budget it should at least be based of truthful information and the members should not be treated with such utter contempt.
Now the third revelation that come up was a shocker to everyone in the room. Question, how do you make $4,200.00 in two weeks working for the county in addition to your regular county salary? Understand that at $50.00 an hour the person would have to work at least 84 hours of overtime which is more overtime than regular duty hours. As was stated by the perplexed commissioners and County Executive we'll have to wait until Roy "Director of the Ambulance Service" comes in tomorrow with his budget, until then everyone was left shaking their heads.
Budget Committee meets again tomorrow, Thursday, at 9:30 AM.