Planning commission appointments in Elbert County, frequently political cronies of the county commissioners, appear to be headed down the same road as in the past....despite promises to the contrary by the current BOCC members when in the throes of their campaigns last summer and fall.
Commissioner Grant Thayer, in announcing a new appointment to the PC at last week's BOCC meeting, reiterated that he was fulfilling a campaign promise he had made to "geographically balance" the Planning Commission to a greater degree. But it seems that some symptoms of forgetfulness/amnesia/disregard have set in as the county commissioners recently replenished fully one-third of the PC positions in full denial of some of the other areas of "balance" pledged during their electioneering.
Elbert County's current registered voters are comprised of 55% Republicans and 45% Independents and Democrats combined. So, you might ask, is our PC reflective of that? A quick check of voter registrations indicates that 100% of the current members Planning Commissioner are Republican. Significant or not, it is not reflective of the county.
Or how about gender "balance?" Even with the recent appointments by the new county commissioners, Elbert County's breakdown on the PC is 8 males and 1 female. Again, significant or not, it is not reflective of the county.
And how were these new PC members solicited? Was there a public posting? One of the new members served on Grant Thayer's election committee. Another of the new members has never been observed attending county meetings, thus raising the question of what knowledge this person possesses about the citizens' vision for the future of our county....a primary task of the Planning Commission. Obviously, and most importantly in the eyes of our county commissioners, both of these individuals selected are registered for the "correct" political party.
So continue to pat yourselves on your backs, commissioners (for making one appointment for "geographical balance")....and while you're at it, pat yourselves on your backs for perpetuating the often toxic status quo that pervades EC government, for ignoring a sizeable portion of the county population as you appointed new members on the Planning Commission, and for failing to grasp the magnitude of the importance of fair and balanced representation.
In case you were not aware, there has been another major lawsuit filed against Elbert County...It is a suit that alleges a series of violations of The Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The Plaintiff is Kyle Fenner, the Director of Community DevelopmentClick 4 Article
The title doesn’t jibe with the new county org chart which shows a new job called "Assistant County Manager for Public Works"...but hey, what's in a name.
Director of Community Development and Planning Department suing for Invasion of Privacy, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Defamation of Character and Reputation. Amateur bullies were, as usual, out of control...READ THE COMPLAINT
TOPIC: Lion's Gate Sanctuary
Urban America is different than rural America. Give yourself a few moments to loudly say, "Uh...duh." This is a topic that could fill books, and so to have it as the subject of a blog entry is limiting. It needs to be looked at in terms of its impact on the American persona in a day and age where our country is nearly as divided as it was before the start of the Civil War.Click 4 Article