September 15, 2007
JCWSA BOARD ASKED TO LOOK AT ETHICS
QUESTIONS ON LAND DEALINGS BY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Jasper County Water & Sewer Authority (JCWSA) held
its monthly meeting last Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 6:00PM in the Bank of
Monticello Annex. The room was unusually
full with a newspaper reporter, a former member (Roger Bell), and 8 other
No JCWSA member was
introduced to the public nor were there name plates displayed; therefore those
in attendance did not know who was speaking if they didn’t personally know who
the member was.
JCWSA members are:
Brac Pound, Chairman; Tate Turner, Mark Walton, Bud Cowan, Foy Bentley, Ken
McMichael, Jehan El Jorbagy, Jimmy Harrison, and Merrill Clark.
Others in attendance
were Linda Jordan, Executive Director-Secretary-and Treasurer; Tom
Brazil—Systems Engineer; and Frank Sherrill— with Hightower Engineering, Authority
After the meeting was opened, Mary Patrick, Chairman of the TWG addressed the JCWSA board. She questioned why the agenda was not posted
until 4:30PM the previous day. She
pointed out that, based on Open Meetings Law, the intent of the agenda is to
let people know as far in advance as possible what will be discussed during the
meeting. The JCWSA agenda
does not let anyone know what will be discussed. It tells WHO might be speaking—Treasurer’s
report; Director’s Report; Engineer’s report; etc. However, under Unfinished business and New Business nothing is ever
listed. Mrs. Patrick questioned why this was their policy.
The TWG Chairman then produced maps, deeds, and property
listings, and it appeared that relatives of Executive Director Linda Jordan were
buying land in areas where proposed new water lines were being considered.
Two possible instances of conflicts were cited:
Ø Ocmulgee Gate Subdivision
located off Jackson Lake Rd.
on Cook Rd.
is owned by E.O. Jordan, Inc., David Morrison, Inc. and DIR, Inc. (Van
Box). David Morrison Inc. and DIR, Inc.
owned several more lots in subdivisions along Cook Rd.
most recent purchase by E.O. Jordan, David Morrison, and Michael Shane Sealy
son-in-law) is at the corner of Palalto
Rd. and Thomason
Rd. directly across from the proposed 900 acre
subdivision-- land owned by William Blincoe. JCWSA discussed at their 8/23/07 meeting that
there had been talks with Mr. Blincoe about providing water to his proposed
Ø NOTE: According to the Secretary
of State Online Information, Executive Director Linda Jordan is Secretary and
Treasurer of E.O. Jordan, Inc. with her
husband (E.O. Jordan) as President.
Listen to entire
Mr. Lynn Short also addressed the JCWSA Board. He told the Board how he and his wife were
called by Linda Jordan who arranged a meeting to meet at Brac Pound’s office
last October. Mr. Short said, “It wasn’t
really a meeting; it was more like an ambush.”
Tate Turner, Brac Pound, and
Frank Sherill were there and wanted to buy the Short land. According
to Mr. Short, Chairman Pound stated, in a threatening manner, that they (JCWSA)
could just take the land. The Short land is located in the area that the
JCWSA calls the “Cedar Creek Well Fields.”
Later during the meeting, Ms. El Jourbagy presented a draft
of an Ethics Policy she had been working on.
Unfortunately Ms. El Jourbagy was not in attendance during the opening
comments and the questions, comments, and presentations by those that attended
and addressed the JCWSA. However, she
was provided with the documentation after the meeting.
TWG encourages the JCWSA board to review these situations very
seriously. An Ethics
Policy is definitely needed immediately.
A better method of public notice of JCWSA Meetings and their proposed
items to be discussed is also sorely needed.