The other night I asked the Mayor and Council (see Council meeting) why they were not trying to wrench the $120,000 for a defunct committee called "DAPS" which stands for Development Authority of Powder Springs. Please view my column "Development Authority Should Dissolve".
The DAPS is defunct. Three new members were appointed recently by Council member Al Thurman. It takes four members for a quorum. The committee should have seven members but four would do for now.
It seems incredible that this city cannot find several persons who would be committed to meeting once per month. The first order of business is for them to do something with $120,000 that they have in the kitty.
They could seek out proposals by a consultant and hire him/her for that money. Obviously there would have to be some guidelines and such but that is better than what we have now.
The new budget has $0 for economic development. This comes after the election where nearly every candidate suggested hiring someone in some capacity. And, the recently released "Fanning" report strongly suggested such. As you read my previous column about this you will note that I suggested all of this back in November and December.
There are likely some legal issues here. But then that's why they spend money for legal counsel. With fairness to Brock, Clay & Calhoun, they have to be told to find a way and then suggest what the Council should do. That is not all that complicated and where there is a will there is a way.
Citizens should begin to take hold of things and not sit back and hope everything will be ok or they will move. The City, no city, can get by on household property tax which pays the freight but is 80% of the amount collected, we need commercial business to be much higher maybe 40% instead of 20%.
Everyone seems to grasp this and the Mayor and Council realize this and have said so many times. So whats the problem here?
There are other areas I will write about where the City needs to make some changes and quickly.
Oh, whoever George Rogers is: You might try reading the column and if you have anything to say at least keep it on topic.
Thanks for reading,