No Place For Rumors 9/23/14 – 8:19pm

Author : Kudos to Nextdoor RP

If the administrators for Nextdoor RP took down a rumor post YEAH.  THAT wesite is a great resource tool. It is no place for Rumors.  Let the bloggers play here where most anything goes.

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Management Change 9/22/14 – 7:04pm

From: Inquiring Mind

Does anyone know if rumor posted and then removed from “Nextdoor RP” re Rabun Neal and Gray Ferguson being terminated is true?

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Golf Instructors 9/19/14 – 8:55am

Author : Looking

Are there any female golf instructors in this area?

 

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Night Golf 9/15/14 – 10:12pm

From: Martin Burns

Who’s brilliant idea was to have a night golf tournament at Great Waters at 9:00 PM,  using gl0w balls?  I DO NOT care if it was a charity event or whatever.  Dumb idea!!  Especially if you’re at the 150 marker on a dogleg. I do not need golf balls hitting my deck at night.

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Real Names 9/15/14 – 10:00pm

Author : CARLENE NOGGLE 

I understand that there are two sides to every story, but putting that aside, what I would like to point out is this: Dee Lindsey signs his real name to his posts.
Why do you go by “Anonymous”? Can you not stand behind what you say?
I think anyone who posts on this blog should have to use  and sign their REAL name
Carlene Noggle

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Of What? 9/15/14 – 8:36am

Author : The Reynolds Curmudgeon

Anonymous…I guess you never heard of the “CAVE” folks?????????

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Please Explain 9/14/14 – 6:21pm

From:  Anonymous

Dee,
Can you explain to us from your FB post that you say “That’s why I call on all BOE candidates to put their money where their mouth is.  Put your children in the system you wish to control.  Unless you have the “skin in the game,” constituents will never take your promises as sincere.

Are you saying that if people who are running for BOE have children or are associated with LOA in any way, you don’t approve or would vote for them?  You have said numerous time that you are pro-lake, pro-charter, pro Union Point, pro-Everything.  Why should it matter where candidates have their children?  You’ve also said plenty of time that you respect everyone choice where they send there kids to school.  So my question is this, If I was running for BOE why would it matter if my child goes to LOA?   Do you have that much hatred towards LOA?  Any yes, you are anti-LOA.

On this blog you keep talking about division in the county.  I live in one of the gated communities on the lake, not once have I heard of anyone talking about the division of the county.  You, and mostly others from Union Point seem to be talking about that.  I believe you have started the division.  Can you references the blog where people at the lake area want a division from Union Point, or other parts of the county?

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What A Relief 9/13/14 – 4:36pm

From: Just Wondering

Re:  Power outage stops fans.
The power is out Saturday afternoon while writing this.  I went out on the back deck on the Plantation course for some air and noticed it seemed unusually quiet. It was because the fan on the green had stopped running for the first time in months. What a relief!  Have a place here mainly for some peace and quiet.  Just switch over to Bermuda like most other places have for goodness sake!  They are noise pollution and a nuisance.  From:  Just wondering.

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Must Be Honest And Open 8/9/14 – 7:52am

From: Dee

It is really difficult to set back and watch all the unnecessary division created within my beloved home county. Some blame it on greed and arrogance. Others blame it on jealousy and a lack of self-initiative. Both of those are perhaps partially to blame.  However, I will take it a step beyond and also blame it on a lack of understanding and lack of willingness to objectively listen and act cooperatively.

For the past 15-20 years or more, our county has suffered from an identity crisis. We’re at odds between the false perceptions of a backwards rural society and an emerging affluent retirement destination. To date, our leadership has failed miserably in their responsibility to put such divisions to rest. It’s sad to see our political players pit one group against another.

If only our leadership could all take a deep breath and take an objective look at the “masses in the middle,” we would realize we’re all in this together — that we can never succeed by any faulty “divide and conquer” strategy.

Whatever happened to finding common ground?   Whatever happened to open and honest public discussions of the issues?  When did we have to become so secretive with our motives and plans?  When did we determine the general public to be so incapable of being the trusted soundboard for all conceived public initiatives for their own future?

On the other hand, just this weekend, I attended a public education strategy forum hosted by our “brand new” school superintendent.  He actually stood vulnerably before a public audience…all by himself…and asked for public input…with no deputies or additional security on standby.  There were no strict rules. There were no sign up cards and no time-clock constraints. People simply raised their hands and were politely allowed to say or ask whatever was on their heart.

Here was a lone man asking his new community what he could do to help us. How refreshing was that? No political posturing, no safeguard rules, and no “I know better than you” condescending remarks. How did that turn out? The answer is, Excellent! He was asked some tough questions and put on the spot. He responded openly, affirmatively, and honestly. He met his constitutes head-on and immediately addressed their concerns…again, on the spot.  No hedging and no delays. He actually added two new venues (by public request) to the forum schedule to be sure all citizens could be heard and have a voice.  For this jaded citizen, it was truly an amazing sight to behold.

My question is this: Why can’t this be the norm rather than the exception? Are special interests now so infiltrated that we must suppress every meeting with cumbersome rules for public opinions?  Who stands to benefit there?

My point is this: It’s well beyond time for Greene County to grasp the concept of honest and open local government. I shouldn’t have to file suit to get their attention (although I’m more than willing to see that case through if necessary).  But the fact is, we don’t need to air any more local dirty laundry. Instead, we need to work together and turn things around for all of Greene County.  We have so much potential we could all realize simply by working together.  Unfortunately, our current majority leadership is dead set in their diversionary tactics and unwilling to meet us “masses in the middle.”

This isn’t about “us” republicans or “those” democrats. It’s about one rural county doing what’s best for its citizens and its future.

Continue down this road of
division if you want…but remember…you stood at the crossroads of history and you made the choice.  Call your commissioner.

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Cost Of Legal Fees? 8/7/14 – 3:02pm

 Author : The Reynolds Curmudgeon

Hi Dee:

Thank you for keeping us posted on the latest events etc.

I find it curious and interesting that the loa/boc/boe supporters haven’t replied to any of your comments.

I also wonder ALOUD…just how much are all the attorneys hired by the boc and the boe costing the taxpayers……past, present and future????????

 

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Update On Revenue Bond (LOA)Court Appeal 9/2/14 – 8:09pm

From: Dee Lindsey

I continue to be asked about the status of the Greene County BOC’s attempt to overturn the Superior Court’s ruling so I thought it appropriate to give an update at this time.

Late last year, certain members of the Greene County BOC began the process of attempting to pass a public indebtedness and tax measure in order to fund a controversial expansion of an optional charter school.

Earlier this year, the Superior Court denied the $14 million revenue bond initiative of the BOC and determined their highly unorthodox efforts were contrary to law and that the BOC and GCDA lacked the authority to issue such bonds.

My position has always been that “revenue” bonds, by law, must be repaid from “revenue” produced by the project as required by law.  In the past, revenue bonds through the GCDA (Greene County Development Authority) have been issued for various industrial projects whereby the particular industry or project directly repaid the bonds from their “revenue.”   In this case however, the proposed recipient of the revenue bonds produces no revenue to repay the bonds as is required by law.

Despite this, our BOC leadership decided to be the first ever in the State to attempt the issuance of “revenue” bonds for a public charter school expansion project whereby the citizenry (not the recipient) would be required to repay the bonds for a project totally outside the legal authority and oversight of the local BOC.  That’s quite a brazen move and a slap in the face to our constitutional way of conducting the people’s business.

Alternatively, there actually exist another type of bond issuance which is commonly utilized and legally accepted for indebtedness related to such public school expansion.  It’s called “general obligation” bonds.  In fact, these bonds do not require the participation of the GCDA at all.  The local BOE can float these bonds after a simple affirmative referendum of the county’s voters.  The BOC can also do the same for worthwhile projects falling within their authority.

So, the question now becomes, why in the world would either the BOE or the BOC seek “revenue” bonds via the GCDA (Greene County Development Authority) when each of them already have the legal capacity within their legislated powers to float “general obligation” bonds on their own?  The only obvious and apparent reason for attempting this is to circumvent the citizens and undermine established lawful practices.

“Revenue” bonds passed by the GCDA do not require voter approval and usually fly below the public radar.   You might recall all of this was to have been a done-deal early last December — had not the public figured out what was being attempted without their knowledge. Via political appointees on the GCDA, the BOC has attempted to bypass the BOE and deny the voters a say in a move that could have grave local economic consequences for our already struggling towns, traditional communities, and existing school system.

Although the Superior Court ruled against them, the BOC has decided to appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court and they have quietly enlisted the support of four additional attorneys from the expensive law firm of King & Spalding (at your expense).  These four Atlanta attorneys will join their three local attorneys in an attempt to overrule the Superior Court ruling from earlier this year.  The case is currently docketed for October 6th and we plan to be there to represent the interests of the citizens.

I greatly appreciate the overwhelming countywide support we have received throughout this ordeal and I look forward to the day when we can eventually put this bad chapter behind us and finally begin working together openly for the greater benefit of all.

For all those who’ve expressed a willingness to financially support the GC citizens’ legal fund, donations are greatly appreciated.   Checks can be made payable to:
One Greene County
1600 HWY 77 N
Union Point, GA. 30669
678-488-1518

Additionally, deposits can be made directly at BB&T in Greensboro or Lake Oconee under the name of:
One Greene County
c/o F. Dee Lindsey
(Please be sure to write in your name on the deposit slip so thanks can be forwarded.  All donations will remain confidential.)

 

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Traffic Alert – I-20 Overturned Truck WB 9/2/14 – 5:00pm

GREENE CO SO: Overturned truck, I 20 west bound, 136 mile marker, both lanes blocked

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Traffic Alert 9/2/14 – 12:45pm

GREENE CO SO: accident on Carey Station Rd near Lake Oconee Academy, avoid the area until the scene is clear, watch for responders.

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Labor Day Weekend

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Patriot Golf Day 8/30/14 – 10:04am

From:  WSJ 
Aug. 29, 2014 6:07 p.m. ET

 

Labor Day, golf and beer may sound like the ingredients for a pretty solid work break to millions of Americans. But thanks to Dan Rooney, a former fighter pilot and Iraq War veteran, they will add up to much more on thousands of courses across the country this weekend.

Seven years ago Mr. Rooney started the Folds of Honor Foundation to provide scholarships for the children of service members killed or disabled in our nation’s defense.

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A golf course operator in civilian life, Mr. Rooney created Patriot Golf Day to help fund this educational mission. Every Labor Day weekend, duffers nationwide are asked to kick in a little extra on top of their greens fees to support Folds of Honor. In some places, for example, club pros or courses donate driving range fees collected on one of the weekend days. Thanks to help from the PGA and the U.S. Golf Association, more than a third of America’s roughly 14,000 golf courses are now celebrating Patriot Golf Day.

With additional help from lead sponsor Budweiser, Folds of Honor raises about $10 million per year and supports thousands of military families with scholarships covering everything from private grade school to cosmetology courses to graduate degree programs, depending on student needs. Mr. Rooney reports that while the kids express gratitude for the educational opportunities, he’s been struck by how often they also thank him for honoring the sacrifices of their loved ones.

This weekend all Americans should remember the sacrifices that allow us to savor these last days of summer as free people.

 

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Who’s The Person 8/28/14 – 8:33 pm

From: Phil Boswell

Who is the person who replied to my blog & will not put his name to his blog. Is he embarrassed about his opinion?

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Golf Course Condition EXCELLENT!!!! 8/28/14 – 2:57pm

From:  Sender Seender

To Phil Boswellpt:  I must play different Oconee and other courses her at Reynolds. I and all the people I play with (several large “groups”) see the course conditions as excellent.  Best ever in our years here.


We also think the food service and quality is excellent.

Is there room for improvement? Of course, there always is.  I guess we just have a different view of the world.     
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Poor Product 8/27/14 – 6:36pm

From: Phil Boswellpt

When are the members of Reynolds going to stand up  & demand better food service & better golf course conditions. Played the Oconee course today  & it was terrible. There is no excuse for this condition this time of year . Everybody makes excuses for the food services & golf courses but nobody complains.  We deserved better than we are getting. Do not sit back & accept.  & accept this poor product!

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Particulars? 8/27/14 6:24pm

From: Concerned

RC

Any particulars of burglary?   Heard homeowner hid while burglary taking place, very scary. Do you know if this is true?

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Burglary 8/27/14 – 3:45pm

Author : The Reynolds Curmudgeon

A burglary on Gussies Knoll and how do we learn about it?  From Reynolds ?  Nope!  From the police?  Nope?  From “Next Door”……yep!

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Greene CO FYI 8/25/14 – 7:32pm

Greene Co SO:  FYI:  the courthouse will be closed tomorrow from 12pm-3pm for Judge Cline’s funeral.

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We All Need To Think 8/19/14 – 2:11 pm

From: Bill Fielder

Think about it

“It is my understanding that ISO requires a 24-7 staffed firehouse within 5 road miles of your residence for your residence to obtain a ISO Class 4 rating. ISO does not require a full time staffing of 4 paid firefighters to obtain the rating. The distance from OSFD to the Linger Longer Reynolds’s  gate is just over 6 miles distance that would eliminate most home owners that live on the Plantation and some who live in The Landing from being eligible for the Class 4 rating.”

The Insurance service office does not require that a station be staffed with 24/7 employees however those employees do credit toward the number of available responders, which is a consideration during an ISO survey. It does require that the station have a minimal amount of equipment and available personnel to respond.  It does require that the station be within 5 miles of the property for said property to receive the lower rating in a split ISO rating. The current rating for OSFR is 6/9. To receive credit as a “6” the property must be within 5 road miles of OSFR station 91 on Carey Station rd OR within 5 road miles of OSFR station 92 located inside of The Plantation AND be within 1000ft of a recognized water source. Recognized water sources are pressurized fire hydrants or a static suction pointed that is credited by ISO.  OSFR staff has been diligently working with the Insurance Service Office to obtain credit for the Fire Boat (Marine 9) as a credible water source. They will
not have a final determination on whether or not the boat was credited until the ISO survey report is completed. If in fact Marine 9 did receive credit as a water source then every property within 1000ft of Lake Oconee and within 5 miles of a fire station, would receive the lower of the split rating. OSFR staff indicated to me that the representative from ISO that completed the on site survey made all indications that it would be credited.

“All of Reynolds is currently rated by ISO at Class 6 and has held that rating even when OSFD was an all volunteer operation”

OSFR has not previously been evaluated by the insurance service office during the time that it has employed paid staff. An ISO rating cannot change unless a survey is completed. The only survey that has been completed since OSFR has been staffed 24/7 is the recent survey completed earlier this year in which no rating has yet been assigned for. Again, 24/7 staffing is not required by ISO however a minimum number of available responders is required (that includes volunteers or paid staff). The paid staff at OSFR does credit towards ISO staffing requirements. OSFR has also purchased additional equipment since the previous ISO survey.

“Big Canoe does have a ISO Class 4 rating and as I understand it is a mostly volunteer fire department. The department is paid for with POA fees. They have 5 fire houses inside the gates. Only one of these is staffed 24-7. Maybe the Reynolds POA should study this option. Here is some information on the Big Canoe Fire Department.”
OSFR is also mostly volunteer and mostly “support” volunteer at that. A support volunteer firefighter is not certified to actively participate in the mitigation of an emergency. Support firefighters that OSFR have on hand serve them very well in the aspect of getting fire apparatus’ to the emergency scene and assisting with certain non hazardous job functions. The support firefighter role is an essential function at OSFR and not to be taken for granite but to go along with those support firefighters, you have to have certified operations firefighters to actually mitigate the emergency. Understand that OSFR wants to provide the residents that it serves with the best possible service but it’s absolutely up to us, the residents, to determine what level of service that is. OSFR staff has worked diligently to lower the ISO rating and reduce the cost of homeowners insurance for property owners. There are more variables in the question than can be explained on this blog in
reference to staffing numbers that count for ISO and staffing numbers that matter in the real world when there is an emergency incident. Additional stations would not necessarily lower the rating for residents in the OSFR district. Currently OSFR has two locations. These two locations provide the majority of the properties in the Old Salem Fire district coverage within 5 road miles, which intern allows for said property to receive the lower of the split ISO rating. Adding a station would only encompass more properties to receive the lower of the split rating if they are currently the higher of the split classification. The added equipment or additional staffing that would come along with adding a station would be the only benefit to lowering the overall rating. This would be the same outcome, in reference to the overall rating, if equipment or staffing is added to a current OSFR location. In other words, just the aspect of adding another station would not further lower your ISO
rating if you are already receiving the lower of the split rating, it could affect your rating if you currently receive the higher of the split rating. As earlier stated, you would also have to be within 1000ft of a recognized water source for an additional station to affect your rating, as ISO requires that you be within 5 miles of a station AND within 1000ft of a recognized water source.

“However, insurers in many states no longer use the ISO ratings as they have found them to be unreliable in estimating the insurer’s costs.”
The State of Georgia insurance commission uses the ISO rating to determine Insurance rates.
“It looks to me as if most homeowners on the Plantation will not benefit from the extremely high cost of the OSFD. The Lake Oconee News reported the OSFD total budget for 2015 is estimated to be over $800,000. Almost twice the amount Oconee County spends for fire protection. The LOA news also reported that the $56,000 tax increase would pay the one half the cost of an additional paid firefighter. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!”
The residents of the Plantation absolutely benefit from OSFR. Oconee County Fire Rescue is a county government that receives many benefits such as tax breaks and consolidation of overhead at the county level that OSFR does not receive benefit of since it is not a government agency. Oconee County also has the luxury of operating as a volunteer department with only a paid fire chief therefore they have no payroll expense. The difference in volunteers is that Oconee County has an abundance of certified operations volunteers. Old Salem has primarily support volunteers. If citizens in the Old Salem fire district would become certified as operations firefighters and volunteer for the fire department then OSFR wouldn’t need more staffing. That’s a community problem, not the fire departments problem. Someone tell me, particularly MR. REED, what the local fire department can do to attract you or your neighbors to volunteer to spend hundreds of hours becoming a certified operation
firefighter, then countless hours each year training and updating certifications. What can they do to convince YOU to get out of bed in the middle of the night or leave your job or activities during the day and respond to emergency calls. I’m not willing to do that. I would rather pay a little more money on my tax bill to insure that they have adequate staffing to operate the best way possible. I’ve talked to them, I know the facts, I know what they are trying to do and I understand it. I understand that the numbers that ISO require to make the rating go down on paper and make our insurance go down aren’t necessarily the same numbers or abilities needed to operate the right way. Again, the lack of willingness to become operations level volunteers is a community problem not the fire departments problem. The only thing they can do without volunteers is Hire people. $56,000 would pay for roughly half the cost of an additional paid position. Do the math.
1 position-
365 days a year, 24 hours a day = 8,760 Hours a year
$56,000 x2 = $112,000
$112,000/8760 hours= $12.78 per hour (average) probably plus or minus that number depending on which employee is filling that position on a certain day and their individual certifications/rank
That number is in line with typical pay at a Fire Department. Call around and ask.
“At the Commission Meeting this past Monday, Ed Bullard, Chairman of the County Commission, decided to defer voting on the proposed OSFD tax increase. This situation needs to be carefully studies who has a good knowledge of costs versus benefits. It looks like the current plan is good for Del Webb, Harbor Club and some Landing home owners, but not for those of us who live on the Plantation.”
I’m sure the vote was deferred so the county commission would have sufficient time to consider different budget options and make a sound decision rather than a spur of the moment one. You clearly do not have an understanding of any of it and should go find out facts in person. Harbor Club is not even in the Old Salem fire district. The ISO rating for Harbor Club is not reflective upon anything that happens at OSFR. Harbor Club is part of the Walker Church Fire District. Del Webb, The Landing, and The Plantation will all benefit equally from adding an additional person. The additional person isn’t going to change the ISO rating, but it will change the safety and efficiency of real world operations.   I can assure you no one over at the fire department has anything but your best interest in mind even if it may cost a little more money yearly on the tax bills. I know a lot of those guys over there and they only want the best for the community and to be able to operate safely and
efficiently.

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Useful Info 8/19/14 – 10:43am

From: Information Please

Les, thanks for the useful info. Obviously establishing ins rates is more complex than I thot, but something we need to be studying to see if we can improve our safety. Maybe we could get the Economic Development Commission to help fund another fire station – just kidding!

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Fire Safety Plan Needs More Study 8/18/14 – 7:16am

Author : Les Reed 

It is my understanding that ISO requires a 24-7 staffed firehouse within 5 road miles of your residence for your residence to obtain a ISO Class 4 rating. ISO does not require a full time staffing of 4 paid firefighters to obtain the rating. The distance from OSFD to the Linger Longer Reynold’s  gate is just over 6 miles distance that would eliminate most home owers that live on the Plantation and some who live in The Landing from being eligible for the Class 4 rating. All of Reynolds is currently rated by ISO at Class 6 and has held that rating even when OSFD was an all volunteer operation.

Here is a link to some information on ISO ratings.

https://www.pfafireprevention.org/businesses/iso_ratings

Big Canoe does have a ISO Class 4 rating and as I understand it is a mostly volunteer fire department. The department is paid for with POA fees. They have 5 fire houses inside the gates. Only one of these is staffed 24-7. Maybe the Reynolds POA should study this option. Here is some information on the Big Canoe Fire Department.

http://www.bigcanoenews.com/living/91-temp/2242-big-canoe-fire-department-awarded-improved-iso-rating

However, insurers in many states no longer use the ISO ratings as they have found them to be unreliable in estimating the insurer’s costs. Here is an interesting link

http://www.fireserviceinfo.com/iso.html

to an article on that issue.

It looks to me as if most homeowners on the Plantation will not benefit from the extremely high cost of the OSFD. The Lake Oconee News reported the OSFD total budget for 2015 is estimated to be over $800,000. Almost twice the amount Oconee County spends for fire protection. The LOA news also reported that the $56,000 tax increase would pay the one half the cost of an additional paid firefighter. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!

At the Commission Meeting this past Monday, Ed Bullard, Chairman of the County Commission, decided to defer voting on the proposed OSFD tax increase. This situation needs to be carefully studies who has a good knowledge of costs versus benefits. It looks like the current plan is good for Del Webb, Harbor Club and some Landing home owners, but not for those of us who live on the Plantation.

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Old Salem FS 8/16/14 – 2:22 pm

From: Information Please

Some time ago I heard that if the Old Salem Fire Rescue had the four paid certified firefighters on duty at all times to meet national standards for our district, not only would we be better protected, but that the cost in increased taxes would be far outweighed by the cumulative savings on everyone’s fire insurance policies. There is always great resistance to increased taxes since nobody wants to pay them and the elected officials don’t want to be blamed for them. It would seem though that if this is true we ought to be having a truthful discussion about it. Does anyone have some facts and figures that would help.

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Greene Co Alert 8/15/14 – 8:48am

GREENE CO SO: wreck with possible injuries, I-20 near Veazey Rd, avoid 
The area and watch for responders 
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Costs Seem Out Of Control 8/10/14 – 7:00pm

Author : Les Reed

Dear Mr. Horn:

As you refuse to post any facts, which is surprising as you are the Treasurer of the OSFD, I would suggest you bring to the Commission meeting tomorrow the following facts to justify your request for a tax increase.

1. The Old Salem Fire Department’s  yearly expenses, starting two years before the property tax was approved, up to the current 2015 request.

2. Tyler Moore, Deputy Chief of Operations, Old Salem Fire Rescue referenced an inadequacy the fire department had against NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards. NFPA creates and maintains private, copyrighted, standards and codes for usage and adoption by local governments. This includes publications from model building codes to the many on equipment utilized by firefighter while engaging in hazardous material (hazmat) response, rescue response, and some firefighting. We need to know what standards are being used to determine OSFD’s inadequatecies and why does OSFD fail to meet and why.

3. ISO has already audited the OSFD to see if a lower rating is warranted. Any expenditures from the proposed tax increase cannot affect the new rating. Why are statements being made that the increased property tax rate will affect the current ISO rating?

4. Mr. Moore also claims that OSFD has inadequate volunteers to continue as a volunteer department. Somehow Woodville, population 320 and Siloam, population 281 can find enough volunteers. Why not spend some money to find out why OSFD has such a hard time attracting and maintaining volunteers?

5. You might present some facts on how the spending of OSFD stacks up against fure departments in other counties in Georgia. For instance, Oconee County, population 33,600 (twice as many folks as Greene County and about 10 times the population served by the OSFD) is only spending two thirds the amount of money OSFD is budgeting for 2015. The fire budget for all of Greene C0unty will exceed $800,000 if your proposed increased is approved.

The amount that the taxpayers are paying for fire protection in Greene County seems to be completely out of control. Hopefully you have some facts that you are willing to share with the Commissioners and the taxpayers that might support your proposed tax increase. Up to now you have been mostly fluff and bubble.

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Meeting Tomorrow 8/10/14 – 3:10pm

Author : Jack Horn 

Thank you for your “comments”. I neither have the time, inclination or patience to get into a “blog-fest” with you or anyone for that matter. But if you would like to learn “facts” about Old Salem, I’d suggest you and any of your friends attend the County Commissioners meeting tomorrow (Monday) at 5:00 PM.

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No Blind Support 8/9/14 – 11:00am

From: Will Johnson

To:  Jack Horn

I see you’re on the Old Salem Fire Department Board of Directors.  You stated that I “need to get (my) facts straight before launching.”  Since you are directly involved, please provide corrections to any of the information I posted where I am not accurate.  The accuracy of information for our fellow residents is vital, so the greater details you can provide as to where I was wrong the better.  I anxiously await your response as failure to provide corrected information serves to confirm my understanding.

I ask everyone to re-read my post before blindly supporting a tax increase…we should seek (demand) efficiency first!

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Need More Buyers 8/8/14 – 7:40pm

From:  Non Buyer

I hear you are trying to think of ways to attract non golfers to buy here.. Here is a novel approach you might want to consider: think about this …..
Why would someone who does not play golf  (but are avid tennis players and love the lake)want to move here now? They would have to buy a golf membership for a minimum of $25,000 (which is no longer refundable) just to be able to protect their property and not have to restrict their future buyers to another non golfer when they are ready to sell. $25,000 is a lot of money to throw away as if it has no value, it just has a powerful negative impact! It would seem that you could open up the real estate market a good bit by not restricting the market to only golfers! What your market needs is More Buyers! Here’s a smart way to attract them! Apparently you are not aware of the fact that now most clubs are all but giving away memberships to attract new members!

“Why I didn’t buy at Reynolds Plantation even though I liked it”

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