Somerset-Pulaski County United Govern...
metropro

Jeffersonville, IN

#44 Apr 9, 2013
What happen to of the people by the people for the people? No way do i want any of our elected officials to organize a new merged government. If they would have worked together this wouldn't have ever came up. Our current elected officials have created this mess they are not capable of a reasonable solution.
Westwood

Somerset, KY

#45 Apr 9, 2013
Here's a thought:
Maybe we need an outside, independent, professional agent to do a study and give us the truth.
Old Timer

Racine, OH

#47 Apr 9, 2013
Doesn't this necessarily mean expaning city limits?

If yes, then it changes the number of liquor licences.

If no, then how would they actually administer anything?

Electric and plumbing building codes would be a good idea. I've hired contractors who had to change what materials they were going to use when I told them I wanted it inspected. The stuff they were going to do might have flooded and burned the house down. Any yahoo with a hammer seems to think he can build a house.
Clear Thinker 2oo

London, KY

#48 Apr 9, 2013
Think again wrote:
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I am so sick of people deciding that it's up to them, what somebody else does with their property. Then you're the first ones to defend imminent domain.
If you want restrictions then move to a restricted neighborhood, if you want to do as you please then live in the county.
One more thing, my neighbors have a cluttered yard and no I don't like it. So I'm planting some more trees so I don't have to see it.
But I would never vote in people who would pass laws to control how that family uses the land that they worked and paid for.
Amen, you tell'em brother, I'm too mad to!
Buddah

Tucker, GA

#49 Apr 9, 2013
Learn to Read wrote:
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Perhaps this time we might have the good sense to elect some genuine leaders who are interested in the welfare of the county instead of a bunch of good old boys who only want to stuff their pockets.
Uh, what exactly do you think the motive is for this bunch? This would be trading one set of good old boys for another.

They want to sell bonds to spend more money? I can't possibly imagine whose interests would benefit from that. Oh wait, yes I can, the people who formed this coup attempt.
Humorous

Somerset, KY

#50 Apr 10, 2013
You don't just "sell bonds" for fun and personal profit. Most times they are to provide infrastructure, schools, libraries, etc. But it's infrastructure that's the big thing when it comes to luring new businesses here and new business equals jobs. Somerset has reached it's bonding limit so they have grown just about as far as they can without increasing their population, which is why they have gone the annexation route, which Girdler said they other night is his preferred method of growing his empire. With annexation he doesn't have to get the approval of the people living in the area, he just does it. Now, they can go gobbling up most of the county with the hopes that folks in the annexed areas will eventually opt to become part of the city, but that's just betting on the come, and not what I view as a viable plan for the future. So I guess it comes down to do you want to be swallowed up by Somerset without any say in the matter, or do you want to at least find out what it would mean to be part of a unified county government and then have the privilege of voting either aye or nay. Personally, I prefer the latter.
Logic 101

Somerset, KY

#51 Apr 10, 2013
The group spearheading this effort seems like an impressive collection of community leaders, movers, shakers and wannabes.

And with their numbers now exceeding 80, they should have no trouble whatsoever funding the study themselves.

Looks like Ward and Hal would be willing to contribute.
Westwood

Somerset, KY

#52 Apr 10, 2013
Logic 101 wrote:
---Looks like Ward and Hal would be willing to contribute.
I''m sure they'll contribute something, how much will you donate?
Logic 101

Somerset, KY

#54 Apr 10, 2013
Westwood wrote:
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I''m sure they'll contribute something, how much will you donate?
My last big contribution went to "Save the Ten Commandments," so I'm all tapped out. Best of luck with the study, though.

Several attorneys, business leaders, entrepreneurs and god-fearin' capitalists in that group, though ... they don't need my money. They just don't want to spend their own.

“smiling on a cloudy day”

Level 7

Since: Jan 09

Shakedown Street

#55 Apr 10, 2013
Logic 101 wrote:
The group spearheading this effort seems like an impressive collection of community leaders, movers, shakers and wannabes.
And with their numbers now exceeding 80, they should have no trouble whatsoever funding the study themselves.
Looks like Ward and Hal would be willing to contribute.
That's what I don't understand about the whole fiasco; we're really talking about a small amount of money in the bigger picture.

$12,000? That's a weeks pay for any of those big shot attorneys. I'm in complete agreement with the mayor. Why come to the city for a hand-out for your special group?

City-county merger would probably be a good thing, that doesn't mean that a group proposing it should receive taxpayer money to study their pet project.

“smiling on a cloudy day”

Level 7

Since: Jan 09

Shakedown Street

#56 Apr 10, 2013
Can you imagine if Progress Somerset had approached the city prior to the election and said "we're for making Somerset wet, but we don't know what the outcome will be. Give us $12K and we'll study it, then make a decision whether or not to move forward."

They'd been laughed out of there.
Tommmy

London, KY

#58 Apr 10, 2013
Look at this group of people they are the same ones that charge the people of pulaski high prices for their gas and electric services do you want them running our county?
Grass Roots Level Mad

Somerset, KY

#59 Apr 10, 2013
Just heard the Mayor pulled the City's support from the Somerset Chamber of Commerce due to funding concerns. If the City does not have the money to pay its chamber dues we are in BIG trouble. What Mayor anywhere in the contry would do something like that. Why not just build a wall around the City and place a throne at City Hall.

What's the probelm with looking at options for the way we run our governemnt. The way it's going now absolutley is not working for the City or County. The County is broke and from what I understand the Mayor conrtols everything. Thats not good either. Any change to our current form of governement would require a vote by the people of Pulaski County and not by any group of so called "Players".

It appears someone is very afraid of something.
MMXIII

Hazard, KY

#60 Apr 10, 2013
Question: will the Progressive Brotherhood of Somerset and Pulaski County choose the capitalist way, and pay their own way for the community survey, or will they continue to ask for a governmental handout?
Paul Revere

London, KY

#61 Apr 10, 2013
There is no support for this out in the county. Why pay higher taxes and not get the same benefits as those who live in the city? It's not going anywhere.
Then, little 'burbs like Burnside and Ferguson would have to vote to accept unified govt and that isn't going to happen. Too many egos and easy money (collected by office holders) in those little towns to just gracefully bow out.
This thing is DOA.

What will be interesting to see is the fallout from the actions of the group pushing the unified agenda. They kinda fired the first shot by showing up to a council meeting this week. Now the Mayor has fired his return volley by pulling funding for the Chamber. There is some political power and plenty of money behind the unified effort. But, the Mayor has the high ground in that he doesn't have to support anything. The county needs the city far more than the city needs the county. So, what's next?
wake up

Whiteland, IN

#62 Apr 10, 2013
Paul Revere wrote:
There is no support for this out in the county. Why pay higher taxes and not get the same benefits as those who live in the city? It's not going anywhere.
Then, little 'burbs like Burnside and Ferguson would have to vote to accept unified govt and that isn't going to happen. Too many egos and easy money (collected by office holders) in those little towns to just gracefully bow out.
This thing is DOA.
What will be interesting to see is the fallout from the actions of the group pushing the unified agenda. They kinda fired the first shot by showing up to a council meeting this week. Now the Mayor has fired his return volley by pulling funding for the Chamber. There is some political power and plenty of money behind the unified effort. But, the Mayor has the high ground in that he doesn't have to support anything. The county needs the city far more than the city needs the county. So, what's next?
Speak for yourself. Everyone I know in the county supports a merger. They are tired of being at mercy of the city for services.
worked up

Mount Vernon, KY

#64 Apr 10, 2013
People..this is NEVER going to happen here. Mark my word.
Westwood

Somerset, KY

#66 Apr 10, 2013
Topix readers are so smart, we don't need no stinkin' study. We got all the answers already.
Gimmee a break.
Old

Racine, OH

#67 Apr 10, 2013
Westwood wrote:
Topix readers are so smart, we don't need no stinkin' study. We got all the answers already.
Gimmee a break.
The complaints don't seem to be so much that, but rather who pays for the study, who does the study and is it a reasonable amount. Many seem to think that it's graft in that they don't trust the people doing the study since it appears the results to be a foregone conclusion by the politicos calling for it
Old

Racine, OH

#68 Apr 10, 2013
they think the study itself will be a fake

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