City utility bills continue to rise to
unbelievable levels - people are suffering from charges
In very simple terms the Service
Delivery Strategy details how services in our county are delivered
and by whom and the Comprehensive Plan details how our county will
grow. It was on the 2/6/06 agenda to sign the SDS agreement
with “no changes.” Before the meeting, a citizen went in to
talk with the County Manager. He told her that she was only one to
object to this issue, and if she wanted something done about it she
should get up a petition.
We were shocked to hear that the
County Manager, who is not from Jasper County and does not know the
background of many of the issues, would tell a citizen something
like that! During the agenda comments the following problems with
the SDS were brought up:
problems with the water service areas. The SDS map needed to be
corrected because ASWA and Turtle Cover were not on SDS map and both
serve customers. Other areas of the SDS that were incorrect
included library funding, the number of EDA board members, garbage
collection (SDS says we are served by dumpsters), and the fact that
the SDS said that the JCWSA was not functioning at this time. It
was also brought to the BOC’s attention that the Comprehensive Plan
was 242 pages long.
The draft dated 9/05 shows Jasper County still connected with Bear
Creek Reservoir and had Jasper County as a partner in the Bear Creek
This revelation opened some eyes! The BOC was asked by at least 4
people not to sign the SDS recertification. Work needed to be done
because there had been changes in the county since the SDS was
signed in June, 1999.
During the meeting the County Manager
said he was bringing the SDS Update to be signed—certifying
there are no changes. (Maybe he wasn’t listening to all the
comments!) Comm. Johnson motioned to defer it until the BOC had
time to go over it. Comm. Hill—we need to look at and update it.
We need to see what’s going on. Comm. Pennamon—we need some public
hearings and with all parties involved. Comm. Bernard—we need the
City of Monticello to share in some of the burden. Comm.
Yarbrough—no one believes that the City is going to negotiate.
Comm. Pennamon—it’s about changing the certificate—about what is
happening today—including the maps. Comm. Hill—we need to update
with current changes. The vote was to defer signing the SDS with
ALL commissioners in favor.
We hope what
the BOC said during this meeting will be what will happen. All
parties involved will sit down and change the SDS to reflect what
is really going on in our county. AND THERE WILL BE PUBLIC
HEARINGS ABOUT IT. We plan to keep an eye on this issue. We also
hope ALL the Commissioners will read the Comprehensive Plan and
SDS for themselves. They need to know what they are voting on,
but it was obvious that none of them had read it. If it hadn’t
been for a few citizens doing all the work and “reporting” their
findings to the BOC, the SDS would have most likely been signed
with “no changes.”
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