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4-ROUTE BUS SYSTEM APPROVED

4-ROUTE BUS SYSTEM PASSED 3-2

Well, I am sure you have heard by now that a 4-route bus system did pass this week by a vote of 3-2.  Those Commissioners who voted in favor of accepting a $4 million CMAQ grant (over the next 3 years) as “seed money” for the 4-route system were Commissioner Chair Jackson-Jones, Vice Chair Kelly Robinson, and District 1 Commissioner Henry Mitchell.   Commissioner Mulcare and I cast the dissenting votes.

Although this may have been a surprise to many, I had held on to the hope that since Commissioner Mitchell had been so appalled and publically critical of the “back-room” deals taken by some to change the original 2-route system into the now 4-route system, that he just might not go along with it.  However, when the latest version of the routes was revealed to the rest of us on the BOC just 2 weeks ago, my hope began to fade as it was apparent that the newest route was almost entirely in the Lithia Springs’ area of his district!

Back in 2015 when all this began, our main objective and about 95% of our public dialogue was about providing transportation for the seniors and the disabled.  The majority of those who came and spoke before the BOC from all areas of the county stressed the need for this service, even up to the day of our vote. That had been my objective all along, just as it had been for a couple of others on the Board.  However, Commissioner Robinson is quoted in the August 9th Sentinel as saying  “Traditionally, seniors and disabled needs were only being met in Douglas County but NOW a more inclusive set of citizens can partake….such as Millennials, part-time workers, one or no car owners”…    Somewhere he changed his objective and persuaded others to go along with him.

Before the vote, I proposed rather than the BOC accepting the grant for a system estimated to cost $2 million a year to operate from this day forward, we initiate a dial-a-ride system, similar to what Carroll County recently adopted.  With this program, a person would reserve a ride within 24 hours to and from any location within Douglas County for a reasonable fee and would allow pick up at their home.  This would have provided service at a much cheaper price tag to any Douglas County citizen who did not have transportation. The now adopted program does not serve anyone in the western or the southern parts of the county although we will all help pay for it.

I am writing this to keep you informed and ask that you continue to monitor this issue.  Yes, I am disappointed and somewhat concerned about adding $2 million to subsequent budgets.  However, it is done.  This is a huge project to bite off at one time and the citizens must demand that those steering this project must be forth-coming and transparent with them.

 

WATCH FORUM ON BUS SYTEM

Although we had good turnout at the Open Forum the other night, the weather played a major factor in prohibiting those who wanted to come and were intimidated by the evening storms.  I have included a link for those wanting to view all or part of the meeting via computer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYsScyj-BAE

OPEN FORUM ON BUS SYSTEM

FORUM

 

I have called for an open forum to explain to the public the pros and cons of the changed bus system and routes.  The vote on the routes and the grant, as of this writing, is set for August 7, at the BOC 10 AM meeting.  This forum will be filmed and distributed to try to allow the public amble time before the vote to talk to their commissioner one-on-one concerning their preference.  There will be no open mic to the public at this coming meeting….only written questions from the public to be answered by both sides of the issue. 

                DATE:                    TUESDAY, JULY 31

                PLACE:                  DOUGLAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, CITIZENS HALL

                TIME:                      6 PM

  • All commissioners have been invited.
  • Questions about the new proposed system and routes will be submitted in written form from  the audience.
  • Each Response will be limited to 2 minutes.
  • There will be no rehashing over past events….
  • Attacks on either side directed at the commissioners, staff or attendees will not be allowed.

·         Maps and handouts will be distributed on what is proposed now.  It must be noted that some of the 4 routes highlighted at the recent meetings conducted around the county have changed.  The new proposal was brought to the BOC this past Monday.

·         We will attempt to answer as many questions as time allows, but the meeting will end NO LATER THAN 8 PM.

CMAQ GRANT VOTE POSTPONED (BUSES)

n a surprise move today at the Board of Commissioners’ Work Session, yet another plan for the buses was presented.  When I get all the information on it, I will pass it along to you.  Nevertheless, the vote on the CMAQ grant has been removed from the tomorrow’s  Agenda and has been postponed to a later meeting.  As of this posting, the new time and date has not been passed along to the Board members by the Chairman, but as soon as I know something, I will send out an alert!  Needless to say, there was a heated exchange over this last minute tactic.

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JULY 2018

FORMER CORONER, RANDY DANIEL, DEFENDS HIS PAST SERVICE

Randy Daniel addressed the Work Session of the Board of Commission, rebuking Chair Ramona Jackson Jones for her remarks about how he conducted his office while serving as the County Coroner.  His remarks begin around the 6:45 minute mark on the following link:

DISTRICT 4 - NEWSLETTER - JUNE EXTRA 2018

2018 ELECTION INFORMATION

GENERAL PRIMARY RUN-off – July 24 – Deadline to register-PASSED

GENERAL ELECTION – November 6 – Deadline to Register October 9

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JUNE SUPPLEMENT 2018

TAG OFFICE & TAX COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE CLOSURES

The Douglas County Tag Office and Tax Commissioner’s Office will be closed to the public half day Friday, June 22, after12 noon and all day Monday, June 25, 2018.  These closures are due to the relocation of these offices to their new location at the Douglas County Government Annex (Old John Bleakley RV Building) at 6200 Highway 92 – Fairburn Road, Douglasville, GA 30134. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you, and look forward to serving you all at the new location!  Any questions, please call (770) 920-7272.

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION DROP-IN on CURRENT & PROPOSED SERVICES

WHERE:   Dog River Library Community Room

WHEN:      THURSDAY JUNE 21, 2018
                   Drop in between 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE on RideShare (Connect Douglas) Van Pools, current GRTA Bus Routes and fares, and Senior Voucher Program.

A SURVEY OF PUBLIC OPINION ON THE NEW PROPOSED BUS SYSTEM will be collected by the Collaborative Firm who is marketing the new branding of CONNECT DOUGLAS.  You will get to complete a survey as to YOUR PREFERENCE on any new bus routes.  TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO VOICE YOUR CHOICES!

DOUGLAS COUNTY CITIZEN’S ACADEMY

The Douglas County Citizen’s Academy is accepting applications NOW through JUNE 27, 2018! This is an annual, FREE ten week program that helps citizens obtain a better understanding of our government! The Citizen’s Academy meets once a week on Tuesdays starting July 10, 2018 until September 11, 2018.

THE GREAT DOUGLAS COUNTY SHREDDING EVENT

“The Great Douglas County Shredding Event” will be held at the Douglas County Court House Saturday, June 23, 9:00am – 12:00pm. This is a fantastic opportunity for citizens to dispose properly of their personal documents, tax records, and financial reports. PLEASE BE SURE TO ARRIVE EARLY!!!

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - MAY SUPPLEMENT

HWY 78 AND MANN ROAD INTERSECTION

GOOD NEWS - Lights are installed
BAD NEWS -  I was told by our County Manager they will only flash for 30 days per GA DOT.  THIS PROJECT IS A STATE PROJECT UNDER STATE CONTROL.

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2018

2018 DISTRICT 4 PAVING PROGRAM

 
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DISTRICT 4 - NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2018

2018 ELECTION - UNOPPOSED

I am SO-O-O HAPPY to announce that I have no opposition for District 4 Commissioner!  I am greatly humbled by the confidence the citizens of Douglas County have shown me.

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