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Monday, July 16, 2012: 8:37 pm
More from copeman
|Sounds like this is going to get ugly|
Monday, July 16, 2012: 9:08 pm
More from outsider
|Here we go!! The Mayor will call for an executive session meeting, public will not be invited, he and the Council will run over to city hall to pass the annexation quickly and quietly. |
The people being annexed will not have any voice as well as the current citizens of Martinsville.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012: 12:17 am
More from ckh
|I surely hope the councilmen looked around the room tonight and saw the many people who are opposed to this plan. Although a majority of us did not vote them into office, since we are in the proposed annexed area, it is their duty to represent the people. |
We all got a sample of how our future tax dollars will be spent tonight. Mr. Holloway told everyone that the city paid $40,000 to a firm to assess the levy by the proposed west business park. The firm told him that it will PROBABLY be certified. PROBABLY does not cut it. In the business world, there is no room for PROBABLY. I would not risk my company relocating to a business park that PROBABLY will not flood.
How do we expect new business to come to this town when we can't even keep existing businesses open? (example: Marsh)The council keeps talking about there is no room to expand. Why don't you start by looking at the almost vacant shopping center where Marsh is located or the numerous other empty buildings all over town? I understand the council is worried about all of the money that has been spent thus far for legal fees and so forth, but throwing good money at a bad idea will not make it better. Stop the bleeding why you can.
There was mention that some residents in the proposed area are having issues with dry wells or failing septic systems, which is unfortunate. However, I do not understand why it is everyone else's responsibility to pay increased taxes for the benefit of a few. This is a risk you take when chosing to live in the country without city water & sewer. Those with dry wells will not be hooked onto the city water before the drought is over.
We can only hope that the 4 councilmen that did not show opposition to the plan tonight give it some more thought & realize that this is NOT in the best interest of Martinsville and it's citizens.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012: 9:35 am
More from moco55
|So much of this is speculation. First off, the city does not need to encompass all the acreage they are proposing. As others have said, there are plenty of vacant properties in the current limits. The Marsh strip is a prime example. Businesses looking to locate are going to take into consideration location, the types of businesses currently located here and doing successfully, the vacant buildings, the make up of the community (population, education of the workforce, taxes, services, percentage of rental housing, schools, tax rates along with community impression). Some of these areas we score high, the others we need to work on. |
As for the money that has been spent by the city, it was a gamble they were willing to take when they started the process. I would encourage them to get all installed hydrants now in place working like the area along Burton/Jordan/ Liberty Church Roads. There is no excuse for these new hydrants being installed over two years ago and kept unused because after installation someone discovered water does not flow upwards.
I'm not against economic development or a need to annex future properties but it must be done logically and in the best interest of most of who is represented.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012: 11:32 am
More from Moose 65
|I'm still trying to figure this all out but it seems that the yes for it council voters are Decker's buddies. Am I right or wrong on this. Maybe its 50/50.|
Tuesday, July 17, 2012: 12:04 pm
More from MarkMcDaniel
|Thank goodness, maybe some common sense and independent thought will start taking place instead of group think.|
|John Q Public|
Tuesday, July 17, 2012: 1:38 pm
More from John Q Public
|Martinsville doesn't attract younger people with educations. Employers want college educated people and they prefer them to be younger because they are cheaper. Martinsville has fought to stay small for years and now all of a sudden they are concerned about growth. Sounds like the aforementioned water rates. They weren't increased annually for the good of the residents and then bam. Rates jumped substantially. People couldn't afford the rates do to a 50% increase instead of 10% over 5 years. It's time for some new blood and fresh ideas in this town, too bad that the town forces people to leave and the status quo remains the same.|
Tuesday, July 17, 2012: 4:25 pm
More from Reality Check
|Pretty much why many younger folks with degrees LEAVE|
Wednesday, July 18, 2012: 8:52 am
More from GregBader
So they installed hydrants that do not work? Years ago? Water running uphill? How can we trust Holloway to do this new plan when he can't even get hydrants to work?
Wednesday, July 18, 2012: 8:55 am
More from GregBader
|My well ran dry last year. Did I call Deckard and whine? Did I ask for city water? heck no. I just used less water.|
Wednesday, July 18, 2012: 9:10 am
More from GregBader
|What we are missing is a mayor who is leading the thought process and presenting a positive vision for the future of Martinsville. A rudderless boat.|
What we have is a mayor who is actually BEING LED by Holloway, the consultants, and the bean counters with a canned packaged that they use on all cities.
Sad. Just pitiful. This plan was DESIGNED to be very difficult to modify. Why weren't the people of Martinsville involved in the development of this plan early on? This administration broke the cardinal rule of consensus.
It is no surprise to me that all are pissed, especially since the people and even the city council members were not involved in the making of this plan.
Thank you consultants and Holloway. You knew all along this was going to happen and then we would have to come back and keep asking you to modify it. You knew all along that you would be the one making the changes to the plan, and getting paid very well to do that. This whole firestorm was part of your scheme. The more fire, the more you can bill the city. We should fire ALL of you.
This whole plan was designed to be in a continual state of change so the laywers and bean counters could continually bill the city for huge amounts of cash.
Nice leadership at the top. The Mayor SHOULD HAVE known that shoving things down someones throat at the 11th hour would meet resistance. After all, he is the mayor.
Besides, the city installed hydrants on Jordan road 2 years ago that won't work properly because the water won't flow uphill. How can they handle annexation if we can't even get hydrants to work.
Thank you for the vacuum in leadership. The buck stops in the mayors office. He is, after all, the mayor.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012: 11:19 am
More from Danny Stewart
|Greg, you can't say that. Deckard is the best mayor this town has ever had.|
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