Police issue decided

Police issue decided

There are 55 comments on the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer story from Nov 8, 2006, titled Police issue decided. In it, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that:

Superior Court Judge Robert G. Johnston III on Wednesday ordered the Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Commission to stop further steps to create a police department.

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GaB

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#4 Dec 7, 2006
Another judge in the pocket. Thank you for leaving us lawless again. Mob rules Chattco.
JenB

AOL

#5 Dec 7, 2006
Cooper and the old regime have once again trampled all over the prospect of new growth and opprotunities for Chattahoochee County. We have absolutley NO law enforcement in this county. Just try listening to the professionalism of the Sheriffs Dept on a scanner and you will be amazed.(thats called sarcasm for the idiots that have supported getting rid of the police department) I hope to god you dont need immediate help from an officer because you will NOT get it in this town.
msmyzr

Atlanta, GA

#6 Dec 7, 2006
JenB wrote:
Cooper and the old regime have once again trampled all over the prospect of new growth and opprotunities for Chattahoochee County. We have absolutley NO law enforcement in this county. Just try listening to the professionalism of the Sheriffs Dept on a scanner and you will be amazed.(thats called sarcasm for the idiots that have supported getting rid of the police department) I hope to god you dont need immediate help from an officer because you will NOT get it in this town.
We are not such idiots, the Police department is gone isn't it?..... AND where are the Commissioners who wanted the police department?.... Gone....The majority of the people didn't want it, and majority wins. So don't be a sore loser, anger will eat you up, so get on with your life, smile and Merry Christmas. We have a wonderful peaceful small community here and it WILL grow at a slower pace.
pine top and a bucket

Vienna, GA

#7 Dec 7, 2006
LAWMAN04 & the police force
NA NA NA NA ; NA NA NA NA HEY HEY HEY GOOD BYE; NA NA NA NA ; NA NA NA NA HEY HEY HEY GOOD BYE
JenB

AOL

#8 Dec 8, 2006
msmyzr wrote:
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We are not such idiots, the Police department is gone isn't it?..... AND where are the Commissioners who wanted the police department?.... Gone....The majority of the people didn't want it, and majority wins. So don't be a sore loser, anger will eat you up, so get on with your life, smile and Merry Christmas. We have a wonderful peaceful small community here and it WILL grow at a slower pace.
Msmyzr,
If it is such a wonderful and peaceful community why is CME trailor park and Coopers trailer park have known drug deals happening at all times of the day? Why is GBI involved in investigations on almost a constant basis within the county? Why is it we have uncertified sheriffs deputies that are unable to arrest an individual or write tickets if needed. I have lived in this town for over eighteen years and every year I hope and fight for change. Do some research and you will see the county has operated in the black for at least the last three years. You will also see the crime and corruption within the town. Oh.. and just to give you the definition of an idiot as I used in my last comment from The Merriam-Webster Dictionary: A foolish or stupid person. To me if you make uneducated choices and do not do the research necessary to make those educated choices than yes you are an idiot. I am not a sore loser just a very frustrated law abidding Chattahoochee County resident. I am not the loser, the children and future of the county are the losers.
Palerider

Lawrenceville, GA

#9 Dec 8, 2006
Nowhere in America (except cusseta,ga ) would you find any city or county that would turn down the opportunity to have more police officer's out on the street. We have a disease in America (Drugs) that simply causes more crimes in town's everywhere. You can rest assured that it will get worse before it get's better. So please, someone tell me, Why would someone be so adament about getting rid of the only thing between them and a person high on Meth thatwill commit Murder to get that next fix? My only guess is for the same reason a Wolf does not want another Wolf around when he has is eyes on some lone, weak prey !
peg leg

United States

#10 Dec 8, 2006
if you and jenb are so unhappy with cusseta why don't you all do yourself a favor and move to were it is safe and you will be happy do not try to change everyone else just change your address
Palerider wrote:
Nowhere in America (except cusseta,ga ) would you find any city or county that would turn down the opportunity to have more police officer's out on the street. We have a disease in America (Drugs) that simply causes more crimes in town's everywhere. You can rest assured that it will get worse before it get's better. So please, someone tell me, Why would someone be so adament about getting rid of the only thing between them and a person high on Meth thatwill commit Murder to get that next fix? My only guess is for the same reason a Wolf does not want another Wolf around when he has is eyes on some lone, weak prey !
joe brown

AOL

#11 Dec 8, 2006
peg leg wrote:
if you and jenb are so unhappy with cusseta why don't you all do yourself a favor and move to were it is safe and you will be happy do not try to change everyone else just change your address <quoted text>
AMEN pegleg
msmyzr

Atlanta, GA

#12 Dec 9, 2006
JenB wrote:
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Msmyzr,
If it is such a wonderful and peaceful community why is CME trailor park and Coopers trailer park have known drug deals happening at all times of the day? Why is GBI involved in investigations on almost a constant basis within the county? Why is it we have uncertified sheriffs deputies that are unable to arrest an individual or write tickets if needed. I have lived in this town for over eighteen years and every year I hope and fight for change. Do some research and you will see the county has operated in the black for at least the last three years. You will also see the crime and corruption within the town. Oh.. and just to give you the definition of an idiot as I used in my last comment from The Merriam-Webster Dictionary: A foolish or stupid person. To me if you make uneducated choices and do not do the research necessary to make those educated choices than yes you are an idiot. I am not a sore loser just a very frustrated law abidding Chattahoochee County resident. I am not the loser, the children and future of the county are the losers.
enB....I don't have to look up idiot is a dictionary to know its meaning, but I can assure you that I am neither foolish nor stupid. I am well educated, traveled the world, and lived in Cusseta for over a decade. I have done research, and of course there is a drug problem here, but go live in a city and see what a real drug problem is. If we are in the black, who were the commissioners that wanted their own private little goon squad and not give the sheriff enough money to do his duties ( a sheriff elected by the people).? Who were the commissioners during the time period you speak of? Wake up! We have a something here that is great, minimal crime, a school system that is not over crowded, and one to be proud of. Growth will come, but not all at once, and with all the crime and drugs that cities have. Slow down and enjoy what we have. Life is to short to rush through it.
pogo

Atlanta, GA

#13 Dec 9, 2006
OK guys and gals, I'm going to give y'all something to chew on; feel free to bash me or disagree by other means:

IF the maneuver to establish a police department had not taken place how, why, and when it did, by taking $300,000 from the sheriff's budget, at the suggestion of a possible "shortfall" of over $400,000 in fines and forfeitures by the Probate Judge because he had written yet another letter to the Governor vilifying the Sheriff for the second time, and at the budget hearing before the final meeting at which the budget was passed, it may have had a chance.

IF the County Manager had hired a squeaky-clean professional lawman to be our Chief instead of Ken Suddeth, who left his last job in Law Enforcement under a cloud of suspicion and doubt, and IF the Chief had hired men who thought enough of their jobs to maintain a neat appearance, and IF they wore the traditional "shirt and trousers" uniform (with the shirt tucked in) instead of the dark SWAT team BDUs and kick-the-door-down boots, they might have been better received by the public. And IF they had done what every one in these forums seems to agree they were hired to do, i.e. fight the drug problem, They might have survived even though the commissioners that sponsored them were sent to their kennels with their tails between their legs.

They did none of these things, nor did they make any apparent effort to fight crime in Cusseta, other than a few days worth of traffic stops which sounded like harrassment of the public more than anything else.

Most days they could be found at the police station, even after they got their patrol cars. Most nights they could not be found at all and we relied on our Sheriff's department for law enforcement, as we always have.

They never tried, they don't deserve to be here.
pogo

Atlanta, GA

#14 Dec 9, 2006
JenB wrote:
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Msmyzr,
If it is such a wonderful and peaceful community why is CME trailor park and Coopers trailer park have known drug deals happening at all times of the day? Why is GBI involved in investigations on almost a constant basis within the county? Why is it we have uncertified sheriffs deputies that are unable to arrest an individual or write tickets if needed. I have lived in this town for over eighteen years and every year I hope and fight for change. Do some research and you will see the county has operated in the black for at least the last three years. You will also see the crime and corruption within the town. Oh.. and just to give you the definition of an idiot as I used in my last comment from The Merriam-Webster Dictionary: A foolish or stupid person. To me if you make uneducated choices and do not do the research necessary to make those educated choices than yes you are an idiot. I am not a sore loser just a very frustrated law abidding Chattahoochee County resident. I am not the loser, the children and future of the county are the losers.
Valid questions, indeed and they deserve honest answers, or at least an honest opinion. I don't have the answers but I seem to never lack for an opinion, so here goes:

Re: Cooper's trailer park and the CME: WE have a drug problem just as every other city or county has, and every has to be somewhere, low-income, low-rent housing attracts the druggies, so they're in those two locations. In Columbus the greater number of drug deals happen in public housing, property owned by the city of Columbus itself; that's just the way it happens, seems like it always has. The big fish wouldn't want to even live NEAR this little burg, and the GBI concentrates their efforts on the big fish, so, unfortunately, your theory that the GBI has investigations going on here all the time is not necessarily true. Fact is, investigators are retiring or leaving the GBI for better-paying jobs and this exodus has left them extremely shorthanded and they don't have the manpower to work a small county like ours with our little drug problem. I say again, this is most unfortunate.

We do not have any uncertified Sheriff's Deputies, we DO have one night watchman who also works as a dispatcher, his pay rate reflects this, too. He's out there at night in a marked car to be seen by evil-doers and because he IS seen, would-be burglars usually find somewhere else to ply their trade. This is a viable tactic used by many small Police Departments; if you intend to break into our Dollar Store but as you are casing the store you see a Sheriff's car pass by once, twice, then thrice, you don't know if it's the same one or three deputies, and you just move on.

I've not lived here as long as you have, but this county has operated in the black for the last 14 years that I know of though I have some doubts about this current fiscal year. The City of Cusseta, which was absorbed by the Unified Government did not do so well in that regard; they had a police department and we had a drug problem then, too.

I'll leave the differences that you and Msmyzr have to the two of you to resolve but let me suggest to you that she does her homework, as do I, and she has taught a lesson or two to the current government about open records and open meetings that they will not soon forget.

I give thanks that I don't live in one of the drug-infested areas, and I hope you dont either, but if you do, get away from there, please; go to the other side of town, ANY other side, where the drugs aren't, and enjoy the peaceful life that some of us have bragged about.

I think the only thing that will stamp out the nation's, the state's and this county's drug problem is education. which will in time cut the demand for illegal drugs just as it has for tobacco and alcohol. Meantime, I'm glad that the problem is fairly well contained within the two areas you mentioned.
Just asking

Vienna, GA

#16 Dec 10, 2006
well i want some one to answer this for me, the ones that think the out going commissioners have done such a good job, why in the world did they approve to buy almost a million dollars worth of equipment for a sewage treatment plant that we dont even have approvle for from the EPA to even build? to me it seems like they want to spend what little bit of money the county has before Jan. 07. now some one answer that for me, the people that approved this purchase are well educated people of the county, but why buy the equipment until the county has full approval from the EPA. JenB why dont you answer this. we are all waiting. thanks.
peg leg

United States

#17 Dec 10, 2006
i can answer that question. all you have to do is look at where the first leg of the new swer line is going and you know why they did that. and if you do not know were it is going i will tell you. the first leg is suppose to go through walter millers, ben millers, abby millers and golf coure property. that why the spent the money. not for the people in the county that need it but so only a select few can get rich from it. this is only my oppion.
Just asking wrote:
well i want some one to answer this for me, the ones that think the out going commissioners have done such a good job, why in the world did they approve to buy almost a million dollars worth of equipment for a sewage treatment plant that we dont even have approvle for from the EPA to even build? to me it seems like they want to spend what little bit of money the county has before Jan. 07. now some one answer that for me, the people that approved this purchase are well educated people of the county, but why buy the equipment until the county has full approval from the EPA. JenB why dont you answer this. we are all waiting. thanks.
James Roberts

Phenix City, AL

#18 Dec 11, 2006
Can anyone tell me, how many of the rezoning was approved or disapproved. If any or all of them was approved, this county is going to have big problems
peg leg

United States

#19 Dec 11, 2006
all that was brought up. the one on gordy miil was not brought up for vote
James Roberts wrote:
Can anyone tell me, how many of the rezoning was approved or disapproved. If any or all of them was approved, this county is going to have big problems
L WILSON

Cusseta, GA

#20 Dec 11, 2006
peg leg wrote:
all that was brought up. the one on gordy miil was not brought up for vote <quoted text>
I guess BLUE got embaressed after all he had to say and left the sene, thank goodness.
James Roberts

Phenix City, AL

#21 Dec 11, 2006
There was 4 up for rezoning for last Tuesday meet of the commissioners, but they was talking so softly that I did not hear anything that pass.
peg leg

United States

#22 Dec 11, 2006
all of them passed except the one on gordy mill pond rd
James Roberts wrote:
There was 4 up for rezoning for last Tuesday meet of the commissioners, but they was talking so softly that I did not hear anything that pass.
CHRISTMAS ANGEL

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#23 Dec 11, 2006
We sould all put our personal differances aside and
realize this is the Christmas season. A lot has happen this year. And regauardless how we feel about it. We need to look at next year being better and brighter for everyone. I personally hope each every person has a wonderful Christmas
and a very Happy New Year.
Joe Brown

AOL

#24 Dec 12, 2006
L WILSON wrote:
<quoted text> I guess BLUE got embaressed after all he had to say and left the sene, thank goodness.
Hey Blue, talk to us, tell us about the police dept. that u love.

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