On Tuesday night, county manager Jock Connell will ask the Barrow County Board of Commissioners to create two newly restructured departments and a director's position for each. Connell wants to create a Department of Public Works and to hire a public works director. He also wants to create a Department of Economic/Community Development and to hire an economic/community development director. Both positions would have salary ranges of $77,690-$108,778. Also during the meeting will be a Motorola Solutions Inc. presentation on the status of the county’s new emergency communications system and a request by Barrow County Emergency Services chief Dennis Merrifield to spend another $9,410 on engineering services for the new system. The contract with Engineering Associates Inc. would be extended to June 30, and the additional contract amount would come from the $4 million allocated to the project, according to the meeting packet. The BOC meeting is at 7 p.m. and will be at 233 E. Broad St. in Winder.
You just dumb son!
02/23/13 at 02:42 PM
The BOC will vote it it,because they voted for a manager. If they go against him, they will end up looking the fool. Politics will put us so deep in the red this time, we won't recover. We barely made it through the last go round with reductions in force and pay and with the fat cats leaving and the poor employees who were already eatin bologna, went further in the hole. what a slap in the face. If this goes through in 2 years I will be back to tell you I told you so.But the irrepairable damage will be done and your taxes WILL go up.
While I appreciate the intention of this
proposal, we must first remember where we
are financially as a county. We must have a
solid financial tax base from which to work,
before we start adding more salaried positions.
Our current tax base is not in good shape, and
our county image is in desperate need of an "Extreme
Makeover, after the last 4 years of political infighting,
and EEOC lawsuits. Our image in both the region and
the State level, is not the best.
Our sitting Commissioners and new part-time County Chair,
should be working with the existing economic development
entities, as well as all of the Mayors, city councils, and BOE
members, to develop, and implement a solid and fiscally responsible
plan to bring in new tech and industrial based investment, that will
Improve our tax base. A firm financial foundation
should be our first priority. That is what the taxpayers voted for,
and I hope our new County Manager, County Chair, and Commissioners, are
The reason Barrow has so little money is because they have a hard time getting businesses to move here. We need the economic development director but not the public works. I fear that position is being created for Worley.