We need ‘unit-y’ in the county

Published 11:59 pm Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The county commission was told from the beginning one of the key components for making their decision to move to a unit system work is unity.

From the appearance of recent actions, it’s a component the group is sorely lacking, and in my opinion, a problem that could push the county over the edge.

I left Monday’s meeting shaking my head at the their inability to commit to even the most obvious decisions.

Friday, District 1 commissioner David Ellis issued a call for action concerning the unit system. His request was simple: set a deadline for the move.

In his opinion, it was “as simple as telling the men where to report each morning.”

I agree.

On Monday, county engineer Darren Capps said there are two road projects currently under way that he would like to see finished before making the transition, adding that the weather will dictate how long it takes to make the eventual move to the unit system.

Last time I checked, while the good Lord above has the ability to control the weather, the commissioners have the last say so when the county moves to the unit system. And besides aren’t there two other districts — namely districts 2 and 4 — that don’t have ongoing projects?

Besides, Capps said he has an organizational plan worked out, which seems it would be the hardest part of the plan.

I don’t understand the wait.

In my mind, the concept is as simple as buying a fuel truck, closing each of the district shops and having the men report to work each morning at 6:30 a.m. for their respective assignments.

Capps said the biggest savings to the county will be seen in June when excess equipment is sold. True, but every penny counts — which means when those shops are closed, the expense of operating those shops is eliminated. Compound that with the potential of leasing out that building, it’s a win-win. That’s money in the county coffers, and at this point, we need all the money we can get.

Commissioners Harold Elmore and Carl Turman have made their opinion on the unit system clear. They don’t like it. I understand and respect their opinions. Unfortunately for them, the decision that has already been made and they were out-voted.

Commissioner Bragg Carter started this process rolling by making the initial motion for the move. Commissioner Ellis continues to be a voice of reason. Chairman Lynn Sasser promised a change in county government. It is vote he has delivered, but if the change isn’t implemented, the question remains will this county survive financially?

So, I am issuing a call to action to the county commission — not only as a journalist but also as a resident of Shiloh Cemetery Road in District 3: Fix my county.