Letters to the Editor
Spreyne addressess issue of trash in Johnson County
In the June 24th, 2015 edition of the tomahawk I noticed a Mr. David McLemore concerning “perceived public health nuisance” adjacent to his property. It seems that no motion was made concerning addressing this public health issue. In fact it seems to have been ignored by the commission members. Perhaps the commissioners should travel throughout their districts to determine if there is a problem that needs to be addressed. It seems, according to the September 2, 2015 Tomahawk on-line opinion poll that 76 percent of those polled there is an issue of a lack of regulations covering debris, trash and sanitary conditions. This is especially true in possible water supply contamination.
The July 22, 2015 issue of the Tomahawk relates further information relative to Mr. McLemore’s public health issues relative to junk vehicles. Other debris and animal waste. This issue took a personal affront by a commission member, Jerry Grindstaff speaking about military service and the right to do whatever one wanted on their property. He goes on to state “liberty was the condition of being without confinement”. However, we do have arbitrary control by our own commissioners. An old saying when looking for real estate (homes or property) one should always consider location, location, location. When run down property is adjacent to a well maintained piece of property the cost is less than if both properties were well maintained. In addition, the taxes would be greater due to higher property value. Johnson County certainly could use more taxes even though no one likes to have high taxes, however, we certainly need the services they help provide.
Mr. Grindstaff should apologize to his follow commissioners in the way he addressed Mr. McLemore. Mr. Grindstaff and Mr. McLlemore should meet to discuss issues that benefit Johnson County constituents.
With 15 commission members representing approximately 18,000 county residents (2011 population) which comes to an averaging 1,200 residents per commission member. While Washington County has Twenty-five members representing approximately 126,000 residents (2014 population) averaging 5,000 per commissioner. With the small number of residents of Johnson County one wonders why we need so many commissioners. Within the “seven districts” (three have three commissioners, two have two commissioners and two have one commissioners with fewer commissioners perhaps the monies spent on fewer commissioners could be awarded to outstanding county employees, or even with helping with health care costs. In fact the county commissioners should serve without pay and only be reimbursed actual expenses while conducting county business. It should an honor and privilege to serve the residents of Johnson County.
Additionally, perhaps the commissioners could provide their phone numbers, as well as an e-mail address, for constituents to address issues. This could be published in the Tomahawk to allow constituents a means of communicating with their commission representative.
Finally, I would point out that the commissioners represent and work for the residents of Johnson County and not the other way around.
George A Spreyne