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September 4, 2013

Sept. 4, 2013: Letters to the editor

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Since January 2009, juwi has taken control of 35 square miles of Tipton County and dictated what it wants and expects from Tipton County. At Wednesday’s meeting, it was once again dictating what it wants.

Juwi spent four years behind doors obtaining lease agreements with landowners. This included making agreements with Planning Commission members, with County Council members, and with members of the county commissioners, and with the majority of BZA members. In January 2013, the citizens of Tipton County first became aware of these agreements after juwi’s project was announced in the local newspapers. And since then, reported conflicts of interest have caused many board members to step aside.

However, the BZA is now made up of two original and three substitute members. Let’s pray the current BZA is going to follow the procedure of the laws entrusted to them. It appears they may not be corruptible. And let us pray that juwi cannot get Jerry Acres removed from the position he has earned with his dedication and honesty.

Juwi has finally come upon a few men in Tipton County it does not fully control. Perhaps all the other county officials should take notice or they will be eliminated when their next election comes up.

Russell Turk

Sharpsville

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