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March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014: Letters to the editor

Is it empty promises or failing memories?

An accounting of the latest Board of Commissioners meeting was headed with the fact the County Plan Commission is still one member short. This seat has been vacant for five months.

Democratic Party chairwoman Linda Smeltzer was on the agenda at the Nov. 4 BOC meeting and asked for the seat to be filled. She presented two names for consideration. The commissioners didn’t act on her request, but the meeting minutes reflect Mr. Heron stated the seat would be filled.

More than three months later, Mrs. Smeltzer was again on the agenda Monday requesting the commissioners fill the seat with one of the citizens she recommended. Mr. Heron stated the commissioners cannot agree on a person, but they are “working on it.”

Mrs. Smeltzer commented she was “disgruntled, dissatisfied, and discouraged with the unpalatable atmosphere in this county due to this current board of county commissioners.” She said she had been told the vacancies on the plan commission would not be filled until after the wind ordinance amendment was settled, yet the commissioners went ahead and filled one of the spots with a citizen who has publicly been pro wind. This appointment was made right before the ordinance was acted upon by the plan commission.

The vacancy Smeltzer requested to be filled on Nov. 4 is still open, and Mr. Heron now says the plan commission is a “working board” with eight of the nine members. A citizen named in mid 2013 to finish out a resigning member’s term has been deemed ineligible by state election board officials, yet remains on the board.

These commissioners are not shy about exhibiting their empty promises, double talk, poor memories and failure to comprehend the laws and ordinances of state and local government. Six weeks after they were first reminded they were short on an appointment to the Redevelopment Commission, they finally filled it Monday.

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