Let­ters to the ed­i­tor

The Covington News - - Opinion - Grier Sims Cov­ing­ton

Brown Bridge Road

Dear Ed­i­tor: Due to the 2010 cen­sus our com­mis­sion dis­trict lines were re­drawn and this added more than 3,000 new con­sti­tu­tients to the fourth dis­trict.

While vis­it­ing in the fourth dis­trict, in­tro­duc­ing my­self to new con­sti­tu­tients, time af­ter time I was asked a ques­tion about do­ing some­thing about the deadly shoul­der on Brown Bridge Road.

This is the area where one of our New­ton County cit­i­zens lost a life. Some of my con­sti­tu­tients told me that on this par­tic­u­lar sec­tion of Brown Bridge Road noth­ing had been done in years.

On Tues­day, Aug. 7th I ad­dressed the board dur­ing the com­mis­sioner’s com- ments por­tion of the meet­ing and re­quested that the county en­gi­neer re­view the prob­lem and make a rec­om­men­da­tion to the board as to what could be done to make the road safer, so that, hope­fully, no more lives would be lost. I re­quested a progress re­port, and at our meet­ing on Aug. 21, Chair­man Mor­gan re­ported that radar signs had been or­dered for that por­tion of Brown Bridge Road.

In clos­ing, if you have any con­cerns or com­ments please contact me, your se­nior fourth dis­trict com­mis­sioner, at (770)866-3621.

J.C. Hen­der­son Com­mis­sioner, Dis­trict 4

Ques­tion­ing the BOC

Dear Ed­i­tor: There is an old say­ing, prob­a­bly South­ern, that goes like this: “Them that has, gets.” To me, this means in gen­eral that a per­son or per­sons who have clout or influence can of­ten “get” what oth­ers who don’t have this ad­van­tage can’t “get”.

Case in point. There is an un­paved road in western New­ton County that has about 70 homes. This road is one-mile long, has al­ready had an engi­neer­ing study done and is - I hate this phrase - shovel ready.

Now, there is an­other un­paved road in eastern New­ton County. It is more than two miles long. The first mile has 10 homes on it. The bal­ance has six homes. To the best of my knowl­edge this road has not had an engi- neer­ing study done. Plus the County is go­ing to re­im­burse two EMC’S $95,356.25 for util­ity re-lo­ca­tion. Now you know which road is set to be paved, don’t you? Isn’t there any­body in the New­ton County gov­ern­ment who can say this is not right? This is wrong!

Does any­body have the power to ques­tion ac­tions of the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers? Seems to me most coun­ties have or im­panel a Grand Jury to look into county af­fairs Does New­ton County? Who takes the lead? Su­pe­rior Court Judge? County At­tor­ney? Who can give us an­swers to these ques­tions?

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