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Chamber witnesses flip flopping by Bradley County Commissioners on park vote, attachment forces 30 day deadline

In Industrial Park on September 19, 2011 at 1:05 PM

For a third time on as many weeks the Bradley County Commission approves resolution with attachments by an 8 to 6 vote this morning! Those voting for the multi million dollar purchase and perhaps tens of millions of dollars in preparing the property for vacancy of the Spring Branch Industrial Park were County Commissioners 1st District Caywood and Elkins, 3rd Smith, 4th Eason and Lowe, and 7th Hall. These Commissioners some of which flip flopped from the prior two votes and left many in the County Commission room thinking “what was different about this meeting that was different from the last meeting?” There was a different air, a different feeling in the room among the commissioners! Many in the room were asking “who has gotten to them?” Several spoke differently and sounded more like the Socialist that were in the room promoting the passage of the resolution on the park! I am not sure what happened from week one to week three! There had to be some heavy handed negotiating from the powers that be to our locally elected officials!

The one bright spot from the room that actually delayed the final approval another 30 days was the resolution from 5th F
District commissioner Jeff Yarber who attached the following attachment to the approved resolution and I quote “I move that the Commission request that chairman Louie Alford arrange a meeting within the next 30 days to include TDOT representatives, first and sixth district commissioners, road superintendent Tom Collins, County Planner Corey Divel, Chairman of the IDB Ross Tarver, and McDonald community representatives Matt Bentley and Joanna Duncan to explore options concerning the development of the Spring Branch industrial park and Harriman lane!

This motion met with much debate and 2nd District Commissioner Connie Wilson even questioning why Mr Yarber didn’t put forth the same type of resolutionwhen the industrial park was built for Wacker and Amazon and at one point 7th District Commissioner Winters wondered if we were setting a precedent for future parks by amending attachment to future projects? Please allow me to answer those questions! Mrs Wilson, the Wacker and Amazon parks were private purchases which would be handled completely different, because my understanding is that the two huge corporations came in and bought the property outright! No need to negotiate, just a purchase! Mr Winters there is no law being created here, this is simply a majority vote, you guys are not lawmakers, so no precedent is being set here in the attached motion! Although Mr Yarber votes for the approval, he still attached a citizen taxpayer attachment acknowledging the concerned parties involved! That is at least a gesture that he listened to his constituency!

Ladies and gentlemen there is a lot of shoving and pushing by the Chamber of commerce in Bradley County! This United n
Nations assigned NGO has an agenda and over the last two weeks they have not gotten their way and I get an air I’d suspicion that many arms were twisted to get this vote approved and Godforbid anything unethical happened, but ther are people on this commission who arewchoing the sentiments of DC and spending then taxing us into oblivion with no apparent thoughts for the future of our county! We have a group that is marching dead ahead flip flopping their way into history as the debtors of our future!

It is time for these “yes” men and women on the council and the commission to be resigned! It is time to shorten their careers with the pull of a voting lever! It is time to elect men and women who truly understand and listen to their constiuency not cater to Socialist influence!

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  1. What a shame that in these hard economic times that the taxpayers of Bradley county are being put in a position of having a tax increase to help pay for the bad deceisons of our county commission because it would appear that there is some big money influence that is swaying some commissioners votes. I understand the need for jobs but when getting those jobs cause us to see a tax increase of any kind property tax,wheel tax then who is really paying for those jobs anyway?I am adviseing the citizens of bradley county to stand up and be counted before it is to late. In liberty Dan

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