Water, rates permeate city/county workshop

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 09:52 AM.

Commissioners also agreed on the direction of the consolidated Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Council model and noted that each paid $20,000 to the Chamber budget for the current fiscal year, which began Monday.

Improved lighting on the increasingly more traveled Dr. David Langston Drive also found common ground and several options were considered on how to bring more lights to a road that has but one light its entire length.

Mayor Mel Magidson emphasized that the county bring as much openness as possible to the RESTORE Act process, noting that people want to feel that their voices are heard on how to spend millions in fine money that could be coming the county’s way.

County Commissioner Warren Yeager said the county’s RESTORE committee met once a week, the meetings were noticed and open to the public and invited any and all comments from the public. Yeager also noted that the county is well ahead of neighboring counties, though the committee might be “premature” on some of the intricacies of the process.

“People have an innate distrust of us (elected) folks,” Magidson said. “People need to feel they have a say in this. We can’t do too much to give the public confidence (in this process).”

The workshop’s tense moments came with discussion of a new sports complex that the county and city have long wanted to partner on which segued in to a discussion, led by County Commissioner Tan Smiley, concerning high water bills.

“I believe we need a sports complex,” Yeager said. “I would love to work with the city to get this done. The kids need this new facility and we need to figure out how to get it done in these tough times.”

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