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July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013: Letters to the editor

Courthouse hazards should be remedied

This letter is being written to inform the people of Tipton County of a safety concern that seems to be too small of an issue for the courthouse to take seriously.

Let me start by saying that back in the early March time frame, it was decided to cut down trees on the courthouse lawn. Sounds simple enough, huh? Well, some of the trees that were cut were cut in such a manner as to leave as much as just short of a foot of trunk sticking up. The county didn’t have them cut to the ground or have them flagged, or spray painted, or marked in a manner as to protect the public of the trip hazards.

So, approximately four months later, it happened: A citizen tripped over one of the stumps, broke bones in her foot and has filed a claim against the county for the medical bills. I don’t know the full extent of the injuries and certainly wouldn’t guess as to the cost this is going to be to the county.

But, folks, this type of thing should never have occurred, as public safety must be the first and overriding priority, period.

Why would I take the time to write a letter to the paper to inform people? Because two weeks after the incident, not one of our leaders has corrected this issue, and it leaves us as taxpaying citizens on the hook for legal liability. I even attended the BOC meeting on July 1 to bring this to the attention of our leaders. I got no response as to why this issue had not been corrected.

I would think county employees could clean this up and stop any further accidents from occurring. Everyone should contact their leader of choice and ask why this has been going on for four months, and when it is going to get corrected.

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