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Commission says no to weeds, racing

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012 6:03 pm

The Jackson County Commission voted no on two issues that have brought a great deal of dicussion recently.

During Thursday's regular meeting, the commission voted to discontinue the annual Rich Shafer Crow Mountain Hill Climb along County Road 33 and not help fund the Roseberry Rescue Group's request for the treatment of aquatic weeds.

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  • TWERPY1 posted at 9:24 am on Wed, May 2, 2012.

    TWERPY1 Posts: 298

    One more thing regarding the weeds and I'm done.

    Weed-killer should not only be put out to prevent them from growing, they should also bee physically removed.

    Why? The buildup and decay of the weeds is making the lake more shallow.....what's wrong with that? It can cause flooding problems. When the water from rain can't drain off into the lake/river because it's too shallow, it will buildup somewhere else and cause major problems.

    This is an issue that needs to be delt with ASAP and we can't wait 10 years for TVA to address it. It needs to be done NOW.

  • TWERPY1 posted at 9:14 am on Wed, May 2, 2012.

    TWERPY1 Posts: 298

    Your facts are correct, Garry.

    However, what's the point in contacting TVA about this issue when TVA has proven itself to be one of the biggest thumb-sitters for years?

    Contacting TVA to help would do no good whatsoever because TVA has shown no interest in helping ANYBODY but itself. What will TVA get out of clearing off the lake weeds? How will it help the Authority?

    I have a few more questions too because I am ignorant of the law in regards to waterfront property ownership. Doesn't the property-line end where the land meets the water? Don't residential waterfront property owners have to pay for special permits to have boat houses/docks? Do residential waterfront property owners have to have a fishing permit when fishing in the water--even if they're fishing from their own property?

    If any of those questions result in a yes, then I don't see any issue with tax payers paying for the removal of aquatic nuisance species from around others personal property.

  • Garry Morgan posted at 12:10 pm on Tue, May 1, 2012.

    Garry Morgan Posts: 355

    The TVA has stated they would maintain access, clear water weeds, to public access areas. The commission has stated they would clear access to the county park if need be.

    The tax payers have no business paying for the removal of aquatic nuisance species from around anyones personal property.

    Facts: 1) No member of the Roseberry Rescue Group or any local or state politician has spoke to the TVA Board in public about TVA's aquatic nuisance species problem or environmental stewardship. 2)The Rescue Group nor the political entities have requested a professional consultation for a long term solution with either the TVA, the State Department of Conservation nor the Southeastern Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Group-a non-profit group of governmental and university agencies within the southeast headquartered at Auburn.. 3) There is no long term plan to resolve the aquatic nuisance species problem.

    Any continuation of the current program without professional input for the purpose of placating influential lakeside homeowners and give money to a private contractor is negligent and should result in legal action stopping future incompetent poisoning of the local water resource. DO IT RIGHT OR DO NOT DO IT AT ALL!

  • dirtlord posted at 1:59 am on Tue, May 1, 2012.

    dirtlord Posts: 45

    does this mean we can do away with trail of tears. i hate how they clog up highway 72. i even thought about building a car and trying my luck. guess i'll just save my money. im sure some of the local business could have used it.

  • TWERPY1 posted at 3:44 pm on Mon, Apr 30, 2012.

    TWERPY1 Posts: 298

    My bad. The hill climb is two days once a that's a big difference?

    Anyway, the weed issue will definitely get them voted out. I hope none of them plan on running again because at this point, they're just wasting $$. Am I the only one who finds it interesting that Bias didn't show up? Her lack of presence makes it seem like she really didn't care about the county after all. A person who cares about serving Jackson County would serve the county whether the person wins the election or not.

  • jeffprobertson posted at 10:25 am on Mon, Apr 30, 2012.

    jeffprobertson Posts: 16

    Now County Park will have even less revenue since no one will be able to get there due to the weeds.

    These guys will be gone soon enough.  The weed vote just lost the highest property tax base in the county.

  • TWERPY1 posted at 8:31 am on Mon, Apr 30, 2012.

    TWERPY1 Posts: 298

    The Hill Climb vote is a fine example of WHY these people need to be voted OUT of office. The Hill Climb brings a lot of revenue for the area and it won't hurt the residents in that area to be inconvenienced for a few hours ONE day ONCE a year.

    Heck, the Art in the Park traffic annoys the heck out of me but it helps our community. Why would anybody want something like that taken away?

    Anyway, that's my 2 cents.