Don Daniel

I mentioned in last week’s column that commissioners raised the pay for County Chief Financial Officer Lorri Robinson by 5 percent. Only after we went to press did the county release the exact amounts. Commissioners increased her pay from $99,874.00 to $104,867.70.

One aspect of Lorri’s job and position is to make publicly available the twice-monthly Check Register where each check paid with taxpayer money is listed and available on line. That’s where I retrieve and list some of the outstanding checks paid to and the amount. 

Here are a few: AT&T for E911 service, $16,623.28; Bob Barker (a law enforcement supplier) $1,785.56 which included XL shower sandals; Caldwell Veterinary Hospital, $734.40 which included services for Goose and boarding for Tyson; $5,000 paid to Cavanaugh MacDonald Consulting for other professional services; $2,456.97 for Child Support Enforcement FSR by 10 county employees; $3,198.46 to the City of Forsyth for energy with the Monroe County Conference having the biggest monthly tab. $1,101.34; the biggest by far, $30,035.85 was paid to Georgia Fire and Rescue; Georgia Power got a hunk of our taxpayer money, $16,756.04 for providing electric juice to several county locations; Johnson Plumbing got $3,060 for a lot of boring; and again Monroe County Hospital was paid $13,166.99 for dental/hospital services obviously for those in the county jail; we purchased felt olive drab hats from Smyrna Police Distributors, $1,664, some sentry shirts $344 and three patches $8.00; and $6,330.69 to pay off charges to the United Bank credit card.

Sixty-two checks adding up to $560,483.32 were written.

No checks in this ”run” report how much we have paid the county attorney or any other attorneys and reimbursable expenses paid to each county commissioner for such things as mileage, meals or phones. Wonder where those bills are?

 

CHINESE YEARS are named for animals such as tiger, dragon, rooster, dog, etc. This happens to be the Year of the Rat. As many squirrels as I have on my property, this should be the Year of The Squirrel. Georgia’s squirrel season opened last week, Aug. 15 and lasts until Feb. 28, 2021. I think it should be all year long.

 

I WAS surprised just as many you have expressed that the Monroe County Development Authority voted to end their “stay” at the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce building. The MCDA was paying the Chamber $48,000 per year to reside in the chamber building. The MCDA is moving to a building owned by authority member Jim Cole, who still sits on the board. 

Both parties have emphasized that the decision by the MCDA was purely economic. How the chamber is going to make up for the loss is going to be a challenge. Wonder if a dues increase is imminent?

I am going to share my professional opinion on this decision. We have too many authorities “working” to promote Forsyth and Monroe County but not working together. I have yet to see a goal and objective business plan by any of the groups which have that responsibility. There is very little if any coordination between the chamber, development authority, Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau, Forsyth Main Street, county commission, Forsyth City Council, mayor, commission chairman, city manager and county manager.

If there is/was such a plan, why is it not publicly shared not only with each other but with the citizens of Forsyth, Culloden, Bolingbroke, Smarr. We as citizens hear the redundant phrases, “we want industry”, “we want jobs”. Ho hum!

Many years ago, a study was made for the Monroe County commission outlining applicable plans for the growth and future growth of our county as well as existing potential. I was told such documents were made and presented by some state agency located in Macon accepted by the commission, put on a shelf, never opened, studied and began gathering dust. 

Don’t remember the philosopher who said this, but here it is: we cannot just live for today. Today has to be tomorrow or the future will keep being evasive. 

 

NO REPONSES to last week’s The Question. So here’s a new one: who has been named MP’s athletic trainer? First correct answer after 12 noon on Thursday gets the certificate for a dozen Dunkin Donuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, slice of Shoney’s famous strawberry pie, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, Scoops single cone and a Forsyth Main Street t-shirt.

 

AND THIS from a friend: Dear friends: there are less than four months until election day when we will decide who will be the next President of the United States. The person elected will be the President of all Americans not just the Democrats or the Republicans. It’s time that we all need to come together, Democrats and Republicans alike, in a bi-partisan effort for America. If you support Donald Trump, please drive with your headlights ON during the day. If you support Joe Biden, please drive with your headlights OFF at night.

Together we can make this happen.

Best Regards. 

 

 CONTACT Don Daniel at tullaybear@bellsouth.net to make a comment, answer The Question.Don Daniel founded the Reporter in 1972.