County should pull plug

County should pull plug

There are 106 comments on the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer story from Dec 22, 2006, titled County should pull plug. In it, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that:

Will the last public official leaving Cusseta- Chattahoochee County please turn out the lights? If you haven't been paying attention, two of the county's four department heads turned in their notice ...

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The Voice

Louisville, KY

#1 Dec 23, 2006
Richard Hyatt's newspaper article about Chattahoochee County pulling the plug and merging with Marion County is just another of his radical viewpoints that he has exibited over the years as a writer for the Ledger-Enquirer. Chattahoochee County is on sound ground and has good leadership. The county manager and the public works director tended their resignations on their on volition. Public service employment in local and small governments requires tough skin because one cannot please all the people all the time. If a person has the proper qualifications for public employment, that person will usually rise above all the innuendo and the critisim will soon diminish. There are other factors that cause the employees to submit their resignations that the general public is not aware of and one of those factors is of course, politics. Chattahoochee County will survive the latest exodus of key employees. This is just part of the growing pains for the new consolidated government. The county has no intentions of trying to merge with another county, so, Mr. Hyatt, as far as the county pulling the plug, "Dream on brother Dream on."
sandspur sally

Gainesville, GA

#2 Dec 23, 2006
Chattahoochee folks think Richard Hyatt should just go jump IN the Chattahoochee--looks like he could find enough to keep his column filled writing about Columbus problems--he must not have passed through South Columbus or Beallwood lately, as far as naming "third world" status to others. Did Richard miss the figures on our last election? The voters overwhelmingly rejected the current commission, and by assumption, those who worked for them & approved their style of governing. When you are elected BY the people, you are obligated to act FOR the people as THEY desire, not as you think best--that is called a dictatorship. So the people spoke, and booted them out--as in "lights out" on the defeated
encumbants.
Tom Rodgers

Powder Springs, GA

#3 Dec 24, 2006
Richard Hyatt was just trying to be funny, but it did not work.
Chattanooga Choo Choo

Louisville, KY

#4 Dec 26, 2006
Ignorance is bliss.
pogo

Atlanta, GA

#5 Dec 28, 2006
Tom Rodgers wrote:
Richard Hyatt was just trying to be funny, but it did not work.
Definitly not! The first two posts in this thread have covered it very well. I dont know what I could add, other than I'm thankful that he feels so strongly about it; I was afraid he might move here.
Tom Rodgers

Powder Springs, GA

#6 Jan 1, 2007
pogo wrote:
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Definitly not! The first two posts in this thread have covered it very well. I dont know what I could add, other than I'm thankful that he feels so strongly about it; I was afraid he might move here.
Yeah I would hate for him to be in our commmunity. LOL
Cowgirl

AOL

#7 Feb 7, 2007
Our elected officials have a choice as to whether to pursue policies that will slow down or possibly even reverse the decline of our small town, or to pursue policies that will hasten it’s decline. The voters obviously chose the latter. Time will bring all things to light, I trust it so.

“Go GA Bulldogs”

Since: Feb 07

Cusseta

#8 Feb 7, 2007
Cowgirl wrote:
Our elected officials have a choice as to whether to pursue policies that will slow down or possibly even reverse the decline of our small town, or to pursue policies that will hasten it�s decline. The voters obviously chose the latter. Time will bring all things to light, I trust it so.
The previous commission left us in deep debt mostly to satisfy their personal vendetta against Cooper. That is the leadership that the voters chose to boot out. Why don't you give the new commission a chance to do anything before passing judgement?
stickman

Lawrenceville, GA

#9 Feb 7, 2007
No one gave the "police department" a "chance" before it had judgement passed on it...it was "doomed" to be done away before it even got put together. Yes, I agree, some things should have been different..i.e. the jump suits and the truck rides were too much for this town. But alas, it is water under the bridge now isn't it..
Cowgirl

AOL

#10 Feb 7, 2007
Born Here wrote:
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The previous commission left us in deep debt mostly to satisfy their personal vendetta against Cooper. That is the leadership that the voters chose to boot out. Why don't you give the new commission a chance to do anything before passing judgement?
You may have been “Born Here”, but it’s obvious that it was not many years ago, or you would be familiar with the performance history of members of the commission over the years. Smith was Cusseta’s Mayor for 30 or more years, and Coleman was a Commissioner years ago, and is in now in his 7th year. Just how long should the “give a chance” period last? I agree with you that the money problems are a disappointment, but according to the news, only $200,000 of it is due to the police department. The charter calls for the “manager” to be responsible for managing the budget and keeping the commissioners informed.

“Go GA Bulldogs”

Since: Feb 07

Cusseta

#11 Feb 8, 2007
stickman wrote:
No one gave the "police department" a "chance" before it had judgement passed on it...it was "doomed" to be done away before it even got put together. Yes, I agree, some things should have been different..i.e. the jump suits and the truck rides were too much for this town. But alas, it is water under the bridge now isn't it..
The are 2 main reasons people weren't willing to give it a chance, 2 good reasons.#1- Consolidation was passed on the premise that we would be eliminating duplication of services-(2 governing bodies, 2 police forces, 2 water departments, etc.).
#2- The previous commission knew that the majority did not want the force but they rammed it down our throats anyway. They were elected by the people to act in the interests of the voters and they allowed their hatred of Cooper to cloud their good judgement.

“Go GA Bulldogs”

Since: Feb 07

Cusseta

#12 Feb 8, 2007
Cowgirl wrote:
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You may have been �Born Here�, but it�s obvious that it was not many years ago, or you would be familiar with the performance history of members of the commission over the years. Smith was Cusseta�s Mayor for 30 or more years, and Coleman was a Commissioner years ago, and is in now in his 7th year. Just how long should the �give a chance� period last? I agree with you that the money problems are a disappointment, but according to the news, only $200,000 of it is due to the police department. The charter calls for the �manager� to be responsible for managing the budget and keeping the commissioners informed.
Coleman can't be blamed for much when he was outvoted at every turn by the others. They can't ask to govern the people and then run from the responsibility of what they wrought. As for the County manager- he was their choice. There were other more qualified applicants but they picked him primarily because of VanHorn. Furthermore Hardy's head was so far up Dillard's behind that its probably still there.
Lifetime Resident

Hialeah, FL

#13 Feb 8, 2007
Born Here wrote:
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The are 2 main reasons people weren't willing to give it a chance, 2 good reasons.#1- Consolidation was passed on the premise that we would be eliminating duplication of services-(2 governing bodies, 2 police forces, 2 water departments, etc.).
#2- The previous commission knew that the majority did not want the force but they rammed it down our throats anyway. They were elected by the people to act in the interests of the voters and they allowed their hatred of Cooper to cloud their good judgement.
Couldn't have said it any better myself. If anyone can't understand that it's because they've already made up their mind and don't want to be confused with the facts.
pogo

Atlanta, GA

#14 Feb 8, 2007
Cowgirl wrote:
Our elected officials have a choice as to whether to pursue policies that will slow down or possibly even reverse the decline of our small town, or to pursue policies that will hasten it’s decline. The voters obviously chose the latter. Time will bring all things to light, I trust it so.
I might suggest "Preserve its uniqueness" as an alternative. The developers that are coming here want to cover the land with houses, thousands of them, and increase our population to 30-40,000 people. If/when this happens, we're not a small town anymore, jusdt another bedroom community for Columbus - Ft. Benning.
pogo

Atlanta, GA

#15 Feb 8, 2007
Cowgirl wrote:
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You may have been “Born Here”, but it’s obvious that it was not many years ago, or you would be familiar with the performance history of members of the commission over the years. Smith was Cusseta’s Mayor for 30 or more years, and Coleman was a Commissioner years ago, and is in now in his 7th year. Just how long should the “give a chance” period last? I agree with you that the money problems are a disappointment, but according to the news, only $200,000 of it is due to the police department. The charter calls for the “manager” to be responsible for managing the budget and keeping the commissioners informed.
And this, the manager did not do! He was more concerned with appearances than deeds, with "progress" over maintainance and overspent. We started last year with $150,000 in the SPLOST account earmarked for the sewer plant, the bill from the engineers was about twice thrat amount. The commission voted to buy $700,000 worth of sewer plant equipment even though there was no money in the budget for it. The cost was to be spread over 5 years and was said to be a "bargain". the 'bargain' makes me wonder if we were being offered last year's technology to clear the warehouse floor for the newer, better stuff.

There were other, little expenses. like th $800 color laser printer to produce the monthly bulletin with W. Elvin Hardy's forward-looking visage in full color.

No Commission in my memory has ever overextended the county's obligations intentionally, as the last one did.

Now we need to give the new commission and the new manager a chance to fix it.

“Go GA Bulldogs”

Since: Feb 07

Cusseta

#16 Feb 9, 2007
pogo wrote:
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And this, the manager did not do! He was more concerned with appearances than deeds, with "progress" over maintainance and overspent. We started last year with $150,000 in the SPLOST account earmarked for the sewer plant, the bill from the engineers was about twice thrat amount. The commission voted to buy $700,000 worth of sewer plant equipment even though there was no money in the budget for it. The cost was to be spread over 5 years and was said to be a "bargain". the 'bargain' makes me wonder if we were being offered last year's technology to clear the warehouse floor for the newer, better stuff.
There were other, little expenses. like th $800 color laser printer to produce the monthly bulletin with W. Elvin Hardy's forward-looking visage in full color.
No Commission in my memory has ever overextended the county's obligations intentionally, as the last one did.
Now we need to give the new commission and the new manager a chance to fix it.
My sentiments exactly. When they screw up (and they probably will-they aren't perfect) we can pound on them.
Citizen at Heart

Atlanta, GA

#17 Feb 9, 2007
I have never be so pissed in my life at the backwards thinking old school politicans. Please we need school roads law enforcement and water to grow. I have called Sheriff Cooper a friend all my life but you cannot have all elected officals answering to no one. No checks and balances. We should have built a jail with growth in mind staffed it and given the sheriffs dept the task of running it and performing court duties. then a police force could be run free from political pressure Things should be done with the future in mind
babygirl34

Newberry, SC

#18 Feb 9, 2007
Citizen at Heart wrote:
I have never be so pissed in my life at the backwards thinking old school politicans. Please we need school roads law enforcement and water to grow. I have called Sheriff Cooper a friend all my life but you cannot have all elected officals answering to no one. No checks and balances. We should have built a jail with growth in mind staffed it and given the sheriffs dept the task of running it and performing court duties. then a police force could be run free from political pressure Things should be done with the future in mind
I couldn't agree with you more citizen.

“Go GA Bulldogs”

Since: Feb 07

Cusseta

#19 Feb 9, 2007
Citizen at Heart wrote:
I have never be so pissed in my life at the backwards thinking old school politicans. Please we need school roads law enforcement and water to grow. I have called Sheriff Cooper a friend all my life but you cannot have all elected officals answering to no one. No checks and balances. We should have built a jail with growth in mind staffed it and given the sheriffs dept the task of running it and performing court duties. then a police force could be run free from political pressure Things should be done with the future in mind
I'm not against a jail but i can't figure out how thats going to solve political problems with the police department. The political problem is that you have 2 groups of people- One who love Cooper and think he is doing a great job and those who either dislike him personally and/or think he is doing a horrible job. Those 2 groups are never going to see eye to eye and the first group happens to be the majority for now. As for checks and balances- that is why they are elected officials. They don't check or balance, boot them out. The state double checks the books by audit (something the City never had to adhere to), at least that is my understanding.
Ok, I'm signing off for the day. I'm getting a little addicted here.
Cowgirl

AOL

#20 Feb 9, 2007
pogo wrote:
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There were other, little expenses. like th $800 color laser printer to produce the monthly bulletin with W. Elvin Hardy's forward-looking visage in full color.
I love your comment!, but you're gonna have to stop using big words like "visage" or you will scare off a lot of the Forum particiapants. How long do you suppose its gonna take David to have that picture replaced on www.ugoccc.us ?

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