Friday, April 29, 2005

DANNY DANIELS - A STORY

Chief Daniels is a man with a 26 year career
with the Camden Fire Rescue Department.
He took it from nothing to a first class
operation.

So, where did he go astray?

For years, in spite of a lack of supervision
from his superiors he did what had to be done.
He went the extra mile for all of us.

One day, he (like City Manager Mike
Mahaney of St. Marys) began to think
the department was his (not the publics).
It was a human failing brought on as I
said from a lack of supervision from above.

He made that human error and it eventually
did him in (much like Mahaney). I don't
know what the various investigations will
ultimately discover. I only know that while
he was with the department he did us proud.

Let the investigation run its course. Let the
punishment fit the crime (if there was one).
This is not a happy day for our community.
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TO OUR READERS, CONGRATULATIONS!
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We appear to have achieved two victories......

1. The development on Winding Road will be
paying St. Marys $2,611,900.00 in IMPACT FEES
for water and sewer lines, etc. We had suggested
$2,860,000.00.
They hadn't planned on any and
were merely negotiating an unclear amount.

2. The County Commissioners are now contemplating
bringing water and sewer services to the
unincorporated area of the county. It may be to little,
too late since a private company is in the picture.
(See archived blog "Water for Sale".

This is all because you have been reading and
commenting on our publication. My hats off to you.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
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M. Writes in reference to fire department:
What is the skinny on Mark Crews?
Enlightening yes. I did not see anything about
the firing of Mark Crews though. and.....
Dear Cecily, hmmm......

M. Writes in reference to water:
I was reading in http://www.dca.state.ga.us/ about
septic tanks. A couple of issues jumped out;
one was that most of this area is low lying.
Another was that a report was sent out by one
of the local cities about some increased level
of coliform. This site (dca.state) indicated
increased levels of fecal coliform are as a
result of septic tanks either not working or
designed improperly. One has to ask, are we
allowing septic tanks in low lying area
constructions? What is the law? After it is
said and done, that is the water we drink.
Is this why the rich drink bottled water?

R. Writes in reference to ex-fire chief:
A few months ago when I heard the news my
reaction was, and so promptly indicated on my
open letter to the commissioners, that the Fire Chief
needed to be fired on the spot. When one is a
public servant and in that capacity handles public
money, the perception of propriety is even more
important than propriety itself.

Now that I have read the facts, it is clear Ex-Chief
Daniels was trying to handle those (unauthorized)
bank accounts as his own and as an extended
"tax shelter" for his friends and co-workers. It seems
as he was trying to emulate another local official who
also uses similar bank accounts for his own personal
purposes.

Lastly, it is appalling to me that in spite of all those
known facts, some co-workers and relatives of this
man have the nerve to attend the meetings of the
County Commissioners to plea for the ex-chief
re-installment.

It is about time this county emerges from the past
and holds ALL public officials (elected or appointed)
fully accountable for their decisions and acts.

L. Writes in reference to ex-fire chief audit:
Gave the audit a broad brush because it was too
difficult to track the funds unless I was doing an
audit to follow the money in detail. The auditors
were not charged to track the monies either to find
out if there was any wrongdoing; they basically say
this in the end of their audit. My question is: will
there be a tracking of the monies for the proper use
of the funds and if there was any wrongdoing?

Sandy Sez:
Our motto remains "The Eyes and Ears
of Camden County". We don't expect
to be pretty, but we will strive to keep
you informed.

Thanks
Sandy Feller

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

FIRE DISTRICT/EMS INVESTIGATION

"We report you decide"
Here is the entire report as submitted
by the County Accountants. Please
read the entire report. Please email
your reactions to oilseal@tds.net.
Thanks to FOX News for the
sub-title.
Sandy Feller
County Commissioner
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KARP, RONNING & TINDOL
CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

123 ABERCORN STREET
P.O. Box 9550
SAVANNAH, GEORGIA 31412 912-232-0475

TEL.' 912-232-0478 FAX 888-261-8702
TOLL FREE krt@krtcpa.com . www.krtcpa.com

INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTANT'S REPORT
ON APPLYING AGREED-UPON PROCEDURES

To the Members of the Board of Commissioners
of the County of Camden, Georgia:

We have performed the procedures enumerated
below, which were agreed to by Mr. Charles Akridge,
County Manager, solely to assist you in evaluating
the receipts and disbursement activity occurring in
the Fire District/EMS unauthorized bank accounts
for the period covering July 1,2004 through
December 31,2004, and to examine the federal
grant transactions of four (4) federal grants
received by the Fire District/EMS. Camden County's
management is responsible for the receipts and
disbursement activity occurring in the Fire
District/EMS unauthorized bank accounts.
These agreed-upon procedures were
conducted in accordance with attestation standards
established by the American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants. The sufficiency of these
procedures is solely the responsibility of those
parties specified in this report.
Consequently, we make no representation regarding
the sufficiency of the procedures described below
either for the purpose for which this report has
been requested or for any other purpose.


Our procedures and findings are as follows:

1. We obtained bank confirmation of account
balances at December 31, 2004, date accounts
opened, authorized signers, and date accounts
closed on three bank accounts maintained at
United First Federal Credit Union:
Camden County Fire Rescue MWR account
(account 430650), Camden County
Fire Rescue account (account 477090), and
Camden County Fire Rescue MWR account
(account 477560).

All bank accounts were opened without the

expressed knowledge or consent of the County

Manager or Board of Commissioners.

Camden County Fire Rescue
MWR account (account 430650) was opened
on September 17, 2001, under private social
security numbers. The authorized signers of
the account are three (3) Fire Rescue personnel:
the Fire Chief, the Assistant Fire Chief, and the
Administrative Secretary.

This account was initially established with
payroll deductions of Fire Rescue personnel.
See below for further procedures and findings
related to the payroll deductions.

The balance of this account at 6/30/04 was
$48,358.09. The account balance at 11/2/04
of $21,184.49 was withdrawn and split into
two (2) new bank accounts. See below for
further procedures and findings related to
the these new accounts.

The balance of this account at 12/31/04
was $0.00. The account remains active
and has not been formally closed.
Camden County Fire Rescue account
(account 477090) was opened on
November 2,2004, under Camden
County's federal tax identification number.
The authorized signers of the account are
the Fire Chief and the Assistant Fire Chief.

The account was opened with $20,213.89
from the Camden County Fire
Rescue MWR account (account 430650).
The balance of this account at 12/31/04
was $0.00. The account remains active
and has not been formally closed.

Camden County Fire Rescue MWR account
(account 477560) was opened November 18. 2004,
under private social security numbers. The
authorized signers of the account are three (3)
Fire Rescue personnel: a Captain, a Lieutenant,
and a Firefighter.

The account was opened with $970.60 from the
Camden County Fire Rescue MWR account
(account 430650). The balance of this account
at 12/31/04 was $ 832.74

2. We analyzed the bank account activity of the
Camden County Fire Rescue MWR account
(account 430650), the Camden County Fire
Rescue account (account 477090), and the
Camden County Fire Rescue MWR account
(account 477560), and evaluated the transactions
to determine if the activity related to federal
grants or non-federal. We utilized the bank
statements, check registers, bank reconciliations,
copies of cancelled checks and invoices, and
deposit slips as part of this analysis.

The account balance of the Camden County
Fire Rescue MWR account (account 430650)
at 6/30/04 contained both Federal ($35,240.20)
and nonfederal ($13,117.89) funds.

Between July 1, 2004 and October 27, 2004,
$5,370.29 of federal grant monies and $1,806.08
of non-federal grant monies were deposited, and
$27,668.80 of federal grant expenditures and
$6,681.17 of non-federal related expenditures
were disbursed.

The source of funds (deposits) related to
non-federal activity were generated by performing
CPR instruction, stand-by services at community
events or functions, donations, charges for copies
of medical records, coke machine revenues, and
fire investigation proceeds from insurance
companies. Since Camden County resources
generate these funds, they constitute Camden
County General Fund activity. Invoices were not
on file to support most disbursements from the non
federal funds.

Payments were made to employees who performed
CPR training or standby service. These funds were
not included in the employees W-2 or included on a
1099 for taxable income reporting in accordance
with the Federal IRS regulations.

Camden County Fire Rescue account (account 477090)
was opened with monies transferred from the Camden
County Fire Rescue MWR account (account 430650).
Of the $20,213.89 deposited on 11/2/04, $12,941.69
was federal funds and $7,272.20 was non-federal funds.
Between November 2, 2004 and November 30, 2004,
$12,000 of federal grant monies and $3,525 of
non-federal grant monies were deposited. In addition,
$7,364.90 of federal grant expenditures and $3,002.77
of nonfederal related expenditures were disbursed.
The source of funds (deposits) related to non-federal
activity were generated by performing CPR instruction,
stand-by services at community events or functions,
donations, charges for copies of medical records, coke
machine revenues, and fire investigation proceeds from
insurance companies. Since Camden County resources
generate these funds, they constitute Camden County
General Fund activity.

Invoices were not on file to support most disbursements
from the non federal funds.

Payments were made to employees who performed
CPR training or standby service. These funds were
not included in the employees W-2 or included on a
1099 for taxable income reporting in accordance with
the Federal IRS regulations.


On December 1,2004, the balance on account of
$25,371.22 was remitted to the Camden County
Board of Commissioners, for deposit into an
authorized Camden County bank account.

Camden County Fire Rescue MWR account
(account 477560) was opened with $970.60
transferred from the Camden County Fire Rescue
MWR account (account 430650).
The Fire Chief asserted that the funds belong to
the employees and represents what was left of
the monies deposited from payroll deductions.
No documentation was provided to support or
negate this assertion.

3. We examined documentation supporting the
establishment of the payroll deduction in
October 2001.

Each Fire Rescue/EMS personnel signed an
authorization for a $5 payroll deduction per
pay period. The authorization directed the
Payroll department
within Finance to deposit
the payroll deduction into the Camden
County Fire Rescue MWR account
(account 430650) at United First Federal
Credit Union.

We were unable to obtain documentation
supporting the purpose for the deduction,
the intended use of the funds, or that proper
approval to initiate the payroll deduction
was obtained from the County Manager
or Board of Commissioners.

Between October 2001 and July 2004, a
total of $14,035 was deducted from Fire
Rescue/EMS personnel payroll and
deposited into the Camden County Fire
Rescue MWR account (account 430650)
at United First Federal Credit Union.

A memo from the Fire Chief to the Payroll
department within Finance dated
July 1, 2004 directed the payroll
department to stop all Camden County Fire
Rescue MWR payroll deductions effective
the first pay period in July 2004.

4. We obtained Grant applications, grant
notifications, authorized grant budgets,
performance reports and financial reports
for four (4) federal grants: the Fire Grant #1
(FY 2003 Assistance to Firefighters Grant
Program - EMW-2003-FG14816) and Fire
Grant #2 (FY 2003 Assistance to Firefighters
Grant Program EMW-2003-FG-11206)
obtained directly from the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA), and the Office
of Domestic Preparedness (ODP) State
Homeland Security Phase II Grant
(GAN# 2003-MU-T3-0010) and Office of
Domestic Preparedness (ODP) State Homeland
Security Phase III Grant
(GAN# 2004-GE- T4-0012) obtained as
subrecipient funding from the Georgia
Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).

We also examined draw down requests or
reimbursement requests to the grantor agency,
as applicable, and invoices to determine if grant
funds were expended for the intended purpose
and within the required time period.

The Fire Grant #1 application was prepared by
the Fire Chief on April 11, 2003, and signed and
submitted to FEMA under his name.

The application listed the name of the fire
department as Camden County Fire Rescue
Volunteer Association, a volunteer fire company
with three (3) a:ctive firefighters, two (2) fire
stations, and an average operating budget over
the past three (3) years of $6,000.

The application was filed under Camden
County's federal tax identification number.

Certification was provided to FEMA that the
applicant: had the legal authority to apply for
Federal assistance, had the institutional,
managerial and financial capability (including
sufficient funds to pay for the non-federal share
of the project) to ensure proper planning,
management and completion of the project.

Would establish a proper accounting system in
accordance with generally accepted accounting
standards or agency directives
would establish safeguards to prohibit employees
from using their position for a purpose that
constitutes or presents the appearance of
personal gain.

The grant was awarded on July 17, 2003 with an
effective period of August 1, 2003 through
July 31, 2004, totaling $46,700, of which $4,670
was the required non-federal share of the project.

The purpose of the grant was to provide firefighting
equipment and personal protective equipment as
outlined on the approved grant budget

Advance payment requests were submitted to
FEMA between August 2003 and June 2004,
totaling $42,030 (the federal portion). $37,850 was
deposited into the Camden County Fire Rescue
MWR account (account 430650) at United First
Federal Credit Union. The County deposited the
balance of $4,180 into the Camden County
Unincorporated Fire District bank account.

The use of the funds requested did not agree to
the actual use of the funds.

Federal funds received in advance of the
purchase are required to beexpended within
an immediate time period after receipt. $38,180
of the $42,030 was requested in advance and not
expended within the immediate time period after
receipt. Monies were held for a period of several
weeks to several months before being expended.

Questioned costs totaling $17,521.87 were
identified, of which $205.30 represents the
non-federal share that was not met. The federal
portion of the questioned costs totaling
$17,316.57 represents monies drawn on the
grant and not expended or expended for
unallowable activities.

Performance report was prepared by the
Fire Chief and submitted to FEMA on
August 1O, 2004, within the required reporting
period, and indicated that the use of the funds
corresponded to the advance requests, but did
not agree to the actual use of the funds.

The Fire Grant #2 application was prepared by
the Assistant Fire Chief on April 10, 2003, and
signed and submitted to FEMA under his name.

The application listed the name of the fire
department as Camden County Fire Rescue, a
county fire department with fifty-five (55) active
firefighters, nine (9) fire stations, and an average
operating budget over the past three (3) years of
$2,600,000.

The application was filed under Camden County's
federal tax identification number.

Certification was provided to FEMA that the applicant:
-had the legal authority to apply for Federal assistance.

-had the institutional, managerial and financial
capability (including sufficient funds to pay for the
non-federal share of the project) to ensure proper
planning, management and completion of the project.

-would establish a proper accounting system in
accordance with generally accepted accounting
standards or agency directives.

-would establish safeguards to prohibit employees
from using their position for a purpose that
constitutes or presents the appearance of personal gain.

-The grant was awarded on December 22, 2003
with an effective period of January 1,2004 through
December 31, 2004, totaling $121,915, of which
$12,191.50 was the required non-federal share of
the project.

The purpose of the grant was to provide training
personnel, supplies, fire fighting equipment and
construction assistance for the fIre fIghters training
facility as outlined on the approved grant budget.
Advance payment requests were submitted to FEMA
between February 2004 and October 2004, totaling
$109,723 (the federal portion). $5,950 was
deposited into the Camden County Fire Rescue
MWR account (account 430650) at United First
Federal Credit Union. The County deposited the
balance of $103,773 into the Camden County
Unincorporated Fire District bank account.
Federal funds received in advance of the purchase
are required to be expended within an immediate
time period after receipt. $101,148 of the
$109,723 was requested in advance and not
expended within the immediate time period
after receipt. Monies were held for a period of
several weeks to several months before being
expended.

Questioned costs totaling $4,640.40 were
identified that represent monies drawn on
the grant and not expended.
The non-federal share of the project, totaling
$12,191.50 was met.

The Assistant Fire Chief prepared the ODP
Phase II application and it was submitted to
GEMA under the Fire Chiefs signature on
July 28,2003.

The grant was awarded on September 19,2003
with an effective period of June 4, 2003
through June 3, 2004, totaling $237,235.
The grant did not contain a required non-federal
share ofthe project.

A grant extension letter was submitted to the
grantor and approved on April 13,2004.
The grant period was extended until
December 31, 2004.

All requests for grant funds were on a
reimbursement basis, and supported
by invoices $22,789.54 of the reimbursed
funds were deposited into the Camden
County Fire Rescue MWR account
(account 430650) at United First Federal
Credit Union. Of this amount, $4,192.50
was for an invoice paid by the County
Finance office.

The balance of the grant reimbursement
requests were prepared subsequent to
December 31, 2004.

The Assistant Fire Chief prepared the ODP
Phase III application and it was submitted
to GEMA under the Fire Chief s signature
on December 3, 2003.

The grant was awarded on April 14, 2004
with an effective period of March 29,2004
through March 28,2005, totaling $56,152.
The grant did not contain a required
non-federal share of the project.

All requests for grant funds were on a
reimbursement basis, and supported by invoices.
$12,000 of the reimbursed funds were deposited
into the Camden County Fire Rescue MWR account
(account 477090) at United First Federal Credit
Union.

The County deposited the balance of $44,152
into the Camden County Unincorporated Fire
District bank account.

We were not engaged to, and did not, conduct
an examination, the objective of which would be
the expression of an opinion on the receipts and
disbursement activity occurring in the Fire
District/EMS unauthorized bank accounts for
the period covering July 1,2004 through
December 31, 2004, and the federal grant
transactions of four (4) federal grants received by
the Fire District/EMS. Accordingly, we do not
express such an opinion.

Had we performed additional procedures,
other matters might have come to our
attention that would have been reported to
you.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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R. Writes in reference to Water & Sewer:

I attended a meetting about a year
ago in which State Representative
Cecily Hill agreed with the County
to push back the implementation
date for updated qualification for
installing septic tanks. (Remember
she's in the real estate business and
her family is in the developer business)
So you decide if her decision was based
on fact or personal gain. I feel as
though she enable the County to do as
they are doing now!! In my opinion a
select group of County Management has
gone into the water business. This is
not, or will not benefit the Public as a
whole in any way. But if the community
continues to vote these people into office
based on feelings, instead of fact. We
will continue to get what we are
currently getting. NOTHING!!!!!! The
well connected are getting wealthy on
the backs of the working class of
Camden County.

L. Writes in reference to Ex-Chief/Water:

In reference to the Fire Chief, I think the least
of his worries should be getting his job back.
The County has obviously offered him up as
the sacrificial lamb. But if I were him I would
not go to Federal Prison without telling where
the bodies are buried. Don't be fooled!!!! The
DA allowed the County Government to get away
with taking from the taxpayers. Buddy he's not
going to do the same for you. Someone has to
make the ultimate sacrifice.

In reference to water and sewer our State
Representative should find out from the state how
to phase out septic tanks. My brother lives in
rural georgia, in their area they are making it so
difficult for developers to use septic tanks, that
the developers are asking for a water master plan.
Why can't we make it difficult for the developers in
Camden County. They should be grateful for a
water master plan since they do not implement
IMPACT FEES in this county.
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Have a Great! Donut day.
(Kings Bay Village, Next to Calicos)
I Love them. You will to....
912-673-7162
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Sandy Sez:
To answer a recently received letter. For justice
to be justice it must be evenly imposed. What
is right and fair for the lowly must be the same for
the high and mighty. In the matter of Chief Daniels
may it be so.
I await your comments, please email me at
oilseal@tds.net.
Sandy Feller








Friday, April 22, 2005

WATER FOR SALE

Community growth requires water
and sewer services. Normally this
is supplied by wells and septic tanks.
When this is not available or practical
then municipal sources are necessary.
Water sold by the community finances
construction of the infrastructure
necessary. For ten years, plans have
been made, consultants paid and
nothing has been done.
As we speak some 1,626+ lots are
serviced by one private contractor.
That's right, one private contractor.
This means that the County gets no
revenue. When built out we estimate
the loss to the taxpayers to be at least
$600,000.00 per year.

Additionally since the contractor is
a private company he is not regulated
by local government and can charge
anything he wants for water and sewer
services.

So once again we are being sold down
the river. When will people learn that
eventually the community will have
to build services? However, by then
the costs will be so high the lower and
middle class citizens will be forced out
of the community (don't forget higher
and higher assessments).

What do you think? Contact us at
oilseal@tds.net.
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I love them. You will to.
(Kings Bay Village, Next to Calicos)
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Sandy Sez:
If you go along with having your pocket
picked, stay home from the St. Marys City
Council Meeting on Monday evening. On
the other hand, you can come down to
the meeting which starts at 7:00 p.m.
at City Hall. Remember "the price of
freedom is eternal vigilance." Have a
great Camden weekend.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

GREAT EXPECTATIONS!!!!!

In a surprise move the Friday, April 15th meeting
of St. Marys and Kingsland to discuss a
$1,000,000.00 Federal Grant for roadwork
updates for Colerain road, turned into a
discussion of an evacuation route for
Camden County.
A JDA Member suddenly announced that
part of one of the major timber companies
holdings was coming on the market and might
be available for the evacuation route. Since
this was a surprise to the Kingsland & St. Marys
delegations and while they were very supportive
they indicated they would have to see
a formal proposal from the County before
moving forward.
Given past performances (*Old Wal-Mart) one has
to question whether this is a wonderful thing for
the County of just another windfall for the
timber company. (**Like "Winding Road")( the
portion from Kings Bay Road to Colerain Road.)
Keep tuned and hope that it is a straight deal
(for a change).
Given last seasons close calls we must move as
quickly as possible to build a viable evacuation
route.
*Project conducted by JDA in back room which
gave away the store as well as no taxes for 10
years.
**500,000.00 spent on a road with "4" families
on it.
Those who got the windfall were as usual
"the well connected."
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
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K. Writes in reference to Ex-Fire Chief
It is my opinion that the ex-fire chief
should be treated as the clerk was treated.
His situation should have been turned over
to the GBI for investigation. I am grateful
to the writer who informed us of the situation
with the ex-chief. It's seems as though the
County is going to great lengths to protect
this guy. WHY? Is he above the law? Does
he know where all of the bodies are buried?
Are the other elected county official
conspiring to cover up for this guy? I am
asking you Commissioner Feller "What is
the true story about the Danny Dainels
cover-up?"
J. Writes in reference to Ex-Fire Chief
I hate to see any man lose a job but he
had a duty to be responsible and not subject
the county to liability. The jury may still be
out, but it appears that he was no attending
to his job and now there is a real problem
because of his misconduct. If he can still
make a contribution and offer something
to the fire department then a lower position
may be in order. The next question to be
decided is if the Feds are going to take any
action against him. If what he did is criminal
he certainly will not be right for any position.
S. Writes in reference to Ex-Fire Chief:
As with so many other matters, the public
has been denied sufficient information
regarding Chief Daniels' demise. There's no
way we can make an educated decision
regarding the merits of his dismissal or
demotion.
S. Writes in reference to St. Marys Airport:
If and when the base demands closure of the
existing St. Mary's airport, let it go. It makes
no sense to construct another airport that
serves only a handful of people using
taxpayers' money. Other airports are well
within reasonable commute times.
G. Writes in reference to St. Marys Airport:
It makes no sense to move it. CLOSE IT!
R. Writes in reference to St. Marys Airport:
It would appear that once again the taxpayer
gets it in the neck. When will the city of
St. Marys wake up and get on the ball. This
is not twenty years ago. Todays market in
land indicates thay not only do we need impact
fees, but also zoning and planning.
It is the developers duty to do all the things that
have to be done when they do each project.
Without zoning and planning and impact fees
the developer gets the city taxpayers to foot the
bill. Its time the council got on the ball.
Sandy Sez:
The airport issue seems to be cut and dried.
It should close. What is not clear as yet is
what is the future for General Aviation
in Camden County.


Friday, April 15, 2005

CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME

The City of St. Marys is negotiating with
a developer. (500+ homes) If ratified as-is
it will cost current taxpayers $$$ millions.

If the city charges an impact fee of $5,000.00
per house all immediate improvements as
well as future improvements will be covered
by those who benefit. Tell St. Marys, no deals.
Its your money. What do you think?
Email us at oilseal@tds.net.
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Chief Daniels - Fire Chief/Firefighter/Paramedic
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Chief Daniels has been under a lot of fire lately.
From what you have read do you think he should
be returned to his position (temporarily demoted to
ordinary firemen/EMS). Reduced in rank or fired.
We will print all answers pro or con email us at
oilseal@tds.net.
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St. Marys Airport - What do you think?
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1. Leave it where it is and restructure it to make
it more compatible with Naval Base.

2. Close it

3. Move it

It is estimated it will cost $20,000,000.00 or more
to move it. Are you prepared to pay some or all of
the costs? Tell us what you think email oilseal@tds.net.
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EVACUATIONS:
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Sometime ago this writer asked that we begin the
process of turning Colerain Road (or 40) into a
proper evacuation road.

During recent trip to Washington by various County
and City VIP's failed to discuss the issue at all
(contrary to promises made prior to said trip).
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
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N. Writes in reference to reassessment/taxes/sewage:
Hi Sandy, could you send me one of those appeal forms?
We were re-assessed last year and never called about it
my dumb mistake! Anyway our taxes doubled!! I want
to be ready the next time were re-assessed.
Also this makes no sense to me but we were going to put
a shed out back and went to the City to get the paperwork
needed. We were told we needed a variance because our
slab (that was already laid) was within 15 feet of the
neighbors property line. Well I don't understand this
when some of the developments in the area the houses
are almost on top of each other!

Oh you asked "Did the people that were annexed into
the city (Spur 40 area) ever get anything but higher
taxes?" The answer is yeah one thing, better (SMPD)
police service, we no longer have to wait a half hour or
longer for the sheriff to come!

Our garbage collection costs more, they don't get out
of the trucks and if something falls out of the can they
leave it and no recycling. I miss the County guys they
were GREAT! They even helped me get things out of
my garage for the trash they went above and beyond.

We have no sewers which we should have had within
18 months of being annexed. My neighbors have had
to pay more for city water hookup (then I did when
we were still county)even though they are city residents.
The city water also smells like rotten eggs from time to
time. When I talked to Mr. Fewox about being annexed
he told me we sure did get something out of being annexed
"the right to vote"!
R. Writes in reference to Ex-Fire Chief
The recent handling of two county personnel matters
demonstrates inconsistency and a total lack of fairness.
I am referring to the handling of a county clerk and fire
chief matters. Who should be held to a higher standard
of integrity and accountability, the clerk or former fire chief?
The clerk was apparently fired for either repeating or
creating a rumor that was deemed false. This matter was
quickly referred to GBI and she was subsequently
terminated from county employment. How many among
us have never created or repeated a rumor we later
discovered to be false? It seems we killed a fly with a shovel.

Contrast the clerk’s firing with the handling of the former
county fire chief’s reported falsifying and shredding of
official documents. According to media accounts, official
documents were falsified to obtain grants from FEMA. Let’s
examine the reported facts for probable cause of the
commission of a crime. Was a false statement made? CHECK!
Was it known to be false at the time it was made? CHECK!
Was it made with the intent to deceive or defraud? CHECK!
The probable cause elements of the commission of a crime
in both the federal and state statutes have been met yet there
has been no report of a referral to GBI or any law
enforcement agency; or a termination of the former county
fire chief from employment.
Federal Statute 18 USC 1001: http://straylight.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode18/usc_sec_18_
State Statute 16-10-20:
http://www.legis.state.ga.us/cgi-bin/gl_codes_detail.pl?code=16-10-20

It seems by comparison that we attacked a snake
with a fly swatter. I repeat who should be held to a
higher standard of integrity and accountability, the
clerk for creating or repeating a rumor, or the
former fire chief for possible committing a crime?
If we fired her we should seek prosecution of him.

Some of our elected officials defended the former
county fire chief by blaming FEMA and declaring
that the documents shredded were not important.
Maybe only a retired federal agent feels shredding
documents to conceal is deceitful. And falsifying
official documents and deceit are not desired
character and core values of leadership. Maybe
if one of the elected officials would have been
providing oversight over county matters instead
of attacking a minority female for exercising her
political rights, this matter could have been
discovered locally and not cost us (taxpayers)
$151,753 and $2,049.91 in interest and personally
cutting into my boat money. I feel that clean
government is good government and cheap
government as there are no added surcharges from
fraud, waste, and abuse. I would welcome a full and
public accounting of the disbursement of the
commingled grant money and other funds.

If rebuttals to my views attack the message, I say
very well. Our community needs diversity in our
dialogue. If the rebuttals attack the messenger, the
message is sound. In closing, I’ll define myself
according to Steve Berry: 80% of voters felt I would
not make a good sheriff. I totally concur because I
have a track record of what I have done to snakes
with a shovel.
Sandy Sez:
We can only bring you the issues. It's up to you
to speak out. Contact us oilseal@tds.net.
Have a great weekend.
Thanks,
Sandy Feller





Wednesday, April 13, 2005

"Georgia On My Mind Day!"

Hello Tourism Partners;

To kick off National Tourism Week, on Friday,
May 6th, 2005 the Georgia Visitor Center in
Kingsland/St. Marys will host a special
promotions day entitled....."Georgia On My
Mind Day!"

We would like to invite your participation in
this promotion in the way you feel you would
be most effectively represented. This is a
chance to showcase to potential customers in a
fun - exciting environment. There will be
outdoor exhibit space ranging in size from five
feet to whatever the picnic area can handle so
be creative. We plan for the activities to
commence at 11:00 a.m. and last until 2:00 p.m.
With adequate notice we may be able to assist
with any special equipment requirements.

Basically we are planning an afternoon of food,
folks, fun, art and craft demonstrations, drawings,
exhibitions and informational displays. There
will be press coverage prior to as well as on the
day of this event to enhance the exposure of those
who choose to participate.

We would appreciate your response on or before
April 29th, 2005. Please contact the Georgia
Visitor Center, 912-729-3253 or 912-729-3620.
Join us in this special promotion and register
to win a wonderful door prize.

We're looking forward to having a great time
and seeing you again this year!
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OUT OF TOWNERS BULLETIN No. 1
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Listed below are hospitals located in
nearby Jacksonville, Florida. The
local hospital was contacted for
information however it was not received
when we posted this message. Will post
when received.

St. Lukes: 904-296-3700-Administration
(Mayo Clinic) www.mayoclinic.org/jacksonville

Shands: 904-244-0411
www.shandsjacksonville.org

Baptist: 904-202-2000
www.e-baptisthealth.com

St. Vincents: 904-308-7300
www.jaxhealth.com
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HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!
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This writer has learned that there will be a
reassessment in 2006.

The policy used to be reassess one third of the
county every three years. Now it would appear
that in their never ending quest for more money
the policy is when ever their is any excuse do it
again.

Remember "if your tax bill is higher than last
year you got a tax increase."

For your convenience we have appeal
forms. You may email us at oilseal@tds.net
and we will email you a copy of the form.
When you get notice of an increase, use
this form immediately (if you think your
reassessment is out of line).

Don't let them push you around. Make
them show you why your property is
more valuable.
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MORE ON IMPACT FEES
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Q: How do impact fees differ from negotiated
exactions?

A: Negotiated exactions are determined on an
ad hoc project-by-project basis through the
development approval process. Impact fees
are based on objective fair share studies and
standardized pro-rata formulas.

Q: Are impact fees a no-growth tool?
A: No. Just the opposite is true. Impact fees
facilitate growth by expediting development
approvals, increasing the amount of
developable lands, and reducing citizen
opposition to new growth.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
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S. Writes in reference to Durango Site:
On the development of the Durango/Gilman property.
The issue of what will be located there is with the
bankruptcy court and not the City of St. Marys. Bids
and proposals are being submitted to the bankruptcy
court and then a decision will be made. At this time
all of that is confidential. There were several first
class developers who were very interested and they
would have to do what ever is required on any clear
up. One has developed similar sites and knows what
has to be done. Hopefully a decision will be forth
coming and maybe the monument to lost jobs and
careers will be no more. I know it is site many are
tired of looking at and is only a sad reminder of the
Mexicans failure to do what they indicated they
would do. It is not the Alamo and should not be
preserved as a reminder. Remember the Alamo
and forget Gilman.
C. Writes in reference to City of Kingsland:
I agree completely with Matt LeCerf concerning
developers building roads both within their
development and upgrading any road to access
that development, whether, City, County, or
Private. They should also be responsible for other
off site improvements like lighting, sidewalks, and
drainage.
W. Writes in reference to Perdue:

There's no easy way to admit this. For years, helpful

letter writers told us to stick to science. They pointed

out that science and politics don't mix. They said we

should be more balanced in our presentation of such

issues ascreationism, missile defense and global

warming. We resisted their advice and pretended

not to be stung by the accusations that the

magazine should be renamed Unscientific American,

or Scientific Unamerican, or even Unscientific

Unamerican. But spring is in the air, and all of nature

is turning over a new leaf, so there's no better time to

say: you were right, and we were wrong. In retrospect,

this magazine's coverage of so-called evolution has

been hideously one-sided. For decades, we published

articles in every issue that endorsed the ideas of

Charles Darwin and his cronies. True, the theory

of common descent through natural selection

has been called the unifying concept for all of

biology and one of the greatest scientific ideas

of all time, but that was no excuse to be fanatics

about it. Where were the answering articles

presenting the powerful case for scientific

creationism? Why were we so unwilling to

suggest that dinosaurs lived 6,000 years ago or

that a cataclysmic flood carved the Grand

Canyon? Blame the scientists. They dazzled us

with their fancy fossils, their radio carbon dating

and their tens of thousands of peer-reviewed

journal articles. As editors, we had no business

being persuaded by mountains of evidence.

Moreover, we shamefully mistreated the

Intelligent Design (ID) theorists by lumping

them in with creationists. Creationists believe

that God designed all life, and that's a somewhat

religious idea. But ID theorists think that at

unspecified times some unnamed super powerful

entity designed life, or maybe just some species,

or maybe just some of the stuff in cells. That's

what makes ID a superior scientific theory: it

doesn't get bogged down in details. Good journalism

values balance above all else. We owe it to our

readers to present everybody's ideas equally and

not to ignore or discredit theories simply because

they lack scientifically credible arguments or

facts. Nor should we succumb to the easy mistake

of thinking that scientists understand their fields

better than, say, U.S. senators or best-selling

novelists do. Indeed, if politicians or special-interest

groups say things that seem untrue or misleading,

our duty as journalists is to quote them without

comment or contradiction. To do otherwise would

be elitist and therefore wrong. In that spirit, we

will end the practice of expressing our own views

in this space: an editorial page is no place for

opinions. Get ready for a new Scientific American.

No more discussions of how science should inform

policy. If the government commits blindly to

building an anti-ICBM defense system that can't

work as promised, that will waste tens of billions

of taxpayers' dollars and imperil national security,

you won't hear about it from us. If studies suggest

that the administrations anti-pollution measures

would actually increase the dangerous particulates

that people breathe during the next two decades,

that's not our concern. No more discussions of

how policies affect science either-so what if the

budget for the National Science Foundation is

slashed? This magazine will be dedicated purely

to science, fair and balanced science, and not

just the science that scientists say is science.

And it will start on April Fools Day!

Sandy Sez:
The next City of St. Marys "give a way is huge."
We are studying it fully and will report back
soonest. It makes the argument for "impact fees."

Did the people that were annexed into the city
(Spur 40 area) ever get anything but higher
taxes?

Regarding complaints regarding yahoo. May
I suggest you post
http://camdenganews.blogspot.com
to your "favorites." Then you can visit the site
whenever you want to.
Thanks
Sandy Feller

P.S. Whats on your mind, we want to know.
Please email all questions and concerns to
oilseal@tds.net.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

FEMA WANTS MONEY BACK

Mark Crews, Acting Chief
Camden County Fire Rescue
125 Nonh Gross Road
Kingsland, Georgia 31548-6237
Re:EMW-2003-FG-11206 and
EMW-2003~FG-14816

Dear Chief Crews:
I regret to inform you that we must cancel your
grant awards referenced above. This decision is
based upon the FEMA regulations governing the
number of grant applications that can be
submitted on behalf of one organization. We have
two applications submitted on behalf of the
Camden County Fire Rescue and each of those
applications resulted in an award. Our regulations
(specifically 44 CFR 152.I(a) of the Final Rule)
provide the detail on the consequences of
submitting more than one application per program
year: "Eligible applicants can submit only one
application per application period. Departments that
submit multiple applications in one application
period will have each of their applications deemed
ineligible." The program guidance and the Notice of
Funds Availability each provide the following in this
regard: "Each department may only submit one
application per application period. Applicants may
only apply for one program area per application but
they may seek funding in as many activities within
the program area as they need." Therefore, as a
matter of law, we have no recourse but to deem both
applications ineligible and cancel both awards.
Our records indicate that you have drawn a total of
$151,753 in Federal funds from these two awards
($109.723 from grant number EMW-2003-FG-11206
and $42,030 from grant number EMW~2003- FG-14816).
Since you were not entitled to the funds, you must
remit those funds, and interest to date 0f $2,049.91
immediately to the Grants Management Office,
FEMA, Room 350.500 C Street, SW, Washington,
DC 20472.
If you believe we have made a material
or procedural error in me decision iterated above.
you can submit a request for a reconsideration of
this decision. Requests for reconsideration should be
directed to: Director, Assistance to Firefighters
Grant Program, Office for State and Local Government
Coordination and Preparedness, Suite 640, 810 7th
Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531. If you decide
to apply for reconsideration, the director of the grants
program office must receive your request within 60
days of the date of the notice of this decision.
Sincerely,
Richard Goodman, Chief
Grants Management Branch
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CITY OF KINGSLAND HAS RIGHT IDEA. "Keep
tuned for St. Marys Give away."
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City of Kingsland
Post Office Box 250,

Kingsland, Georgia 31548
Phone: (912) 729-5613 Fax: (912)729-7618
September 25,2003
Re: Tidewater Plantation
Ms. Tish Watson
Camden County
Planning & Zoning Department

Kingsland, GA 31548
Dear Tish:
Currently on Marsh Harbour Parkway is a

stretch of unpaved road measuring
approximately 2,020 linear feet which is a
City of Kingsland Road. This portion of the
road would be used predominantly for the
purpose of the Tidewater Plantation
Development. Current plans regarding
increased traffic volumes and lot estimates
at this time are unknown by the City of
Kingsland. What is known though, is the fact
that the number of vehicles per day traveling
on the road would increase significantly. Also,
during the development stages of the area,
larger and heavier vehicles would travel on
this unpaved portion of the road. Consequently,
the City of Kingsland believes that this road
would deteriorate at a rapid pace without
being paved.
Current practices in the City of Kingsland
require that the cost of improvements to
streets shall be the responsibility of the
developer
. The situation for Tidewater
Plantation Development should be no different
than a developer within the City of Kingsland
because a city road is being utilized to access
a County jurisdiction development.
Regards,
Matt S. LeCerf
Community Planning & Development Director

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PUBLIC NOTIFICATION MICROBIOLOGICAL
VIOLATION
Total Coliform MCl Violation 03/09/05
Water System Name: ST. Marys
County: Camden
Contact Person: Steve Mefford
Phone: (912) 882-4415
Mailing Address: 418 Osborne S1.
City: St. Marys State: Georgia Zip: 31558
Violation: Laboratory analyses indicate the
presence of Coliform bacteria in drinking
water samples collected from the ST. MARYS
Water System.
Coliform bacteria were present in two (2) or
more water samples tested during the
compliance period 1/1/2005 to 1/31/2005.
The State EPD and Federal Drinking Water
standards allow no more than 5% of the samples
to be Coliform positive, if 40 or more samples are
submitted each month. If fewer than 40 samples
are submitted each month, no more than one
sample may be Coliform positive.
Required Language from Federal Regulation:
The United States Environmental Protection
Agency sets drinking water standards and has
determined that the presence of Coliform bacteria
is a possible health concern. Coliform bacteria
are common in the environment and are
generally not harmful. The presence of Coliform
bacteria in drinking water is generally the result
of a problem with water treatment or the pipes
which distribute water. They indicate the water
may be contaminated with organisms thai can
cause disease. Disease symptoms may include
diarrhea, cramps, nausea, possible jaundice and
any associated headaches and fatigue. These
symptoms are not just associated with disease
causing organisms in drinking water, but may
also be caused by a number of factors other than
your drinking water. The EP A has set an
enforceable drinking water standard for Coliform
bacteria to reduce the risk of these adverse
health effects. Under this standard, no more
than 5.0 percent of the samples collected during
the month can contain Coliform bacteria, except
systems collecting fewer than 40 samples per
month that have one Coliform is usually not
associated with a health risk from disease
causing bacteria and should be considered safe.
Residents need not boil their water or seek
alternative water supplies. However, people
with severely compromised immune systems,
infants and some elderly may be at increased
risk, and should seek medical advice from
their health care providers.
Corrective Action: According to Steve Mefford,
Water Plant Supervisor, the source of the
contamination has been located and corrective
action taken. Further testing is scheduled.
Any questions should be directed to the
contact person listed above.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
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V. Writes in reference to airport:
Mr. Feller,
Here's my first reply to your blog. Hope you
like it.The St. Mary's Airport is very special
to me. I like the airport because it gives me
a local place to go admire one of my favorite
things in the world. Aviation. My family
has worked in Aviation for over 15 years.
One day I hope to gain a pilots license and
perhaps even own a small C182 or a low
wing Piper. I can understand the concerns
being raised about the Airports location with
regard to to the base. The base sees it as a
potential threat and some pilots are concerned
about the Airspace Restrictions in the immediate
vicinity. The biggest issue for me is that the
nearest other airport that can support the traffic
that St Mary's usually has is based out on
Amelia Island. It is also my understanding that
airport also is a bit more expensive to operate in
and out off than St. Mary's is. Also moving the
airport would likely kill the business's around it
that are dependant on it. The St. Mary's Flight
School and Skydiving School being among them.
Does the location really matter? In terms of an
aircrafts ability to move, it would only make
about an extra minute or two between flying
from St. Mary's or flying from Fernandina.
Anyone using a relatively recent chart knows
where the base is and the airspace restriction.
I think the airport closing would cause more
of an economic impact to St. Mary's and those
who depend on the services provided by it than
the nuisance it causes the sub base. Plus there
is also the cost of moving it. If the Department
of Homeland Security is so concerned about the
location of the Airport then I think they should
pay to move it, and should also pay the
damages the move would cause the People of
Kingsland and St. Mary's. If it's not a big enough
concern for them to go out of their way to do
something about then I don't see why not keep it
exactly where it is. It hasn't been a problem
before why is it suddenly an issue now?

G. Writes in reference to airport:
D. brings up an interesting point. Did anyone
ever think to ask the Colesburg residents if
they want an airport in their backyard?
Personally, I wouldn't mind because I kind of
like airports, but some people really don't like
them. Its one thing when a person willingly
and knowingly buys a piece of property
adjacent to an airport but it is quite another
thing when the airport is moved in to an
existing neighborhood.

I attended one of the city meetings about the
airport plans and read the newspaper articles.
It seems that the biggest reason the Colesburg
location was chosen was that the land would be
donated by the Sea Island Corp. For their
donation of 2-3 hundred acres of primarily
swamp land, Sea Island would get a brand new
airport very close to their planned new
development. St. Marys would get the value of
the donated land which can be counted toward
the City's portion of the cost of construction.
Developers love to call this a "win-win" deal.
Good for everyone unless you are not one of
the winners.

D. Writes in reference to
traffic/airport/gilman property:
Moving the airport is stupid. If the navy is
screaming "encroachment" - they are full of crap.
That airport has been next to the base since i've
been here (15 years) and only 9/11 seems to raise
this concern. just because the airport is close to
the base is not a sufficient reason to waste
money moving it. if the navy is concerned about
terrorists and the proximity of the airport, then
what would prevent someone taking off from
waycross and performing a terrorist act?
NOTHING! Line here is that the navy built
the base with the airport there. Any expense
in moving the airport should come on the
Navy's nickel......which is right up there
with BRAC.
Kings Bay is one of only TWO nuclear-repair
capable facilities for Trident submarines.
Kings Bay is not going to close any time soon.
While I agree that there should be some
activity representing Kings Bay regarding BRAC,
I don't think we need to spend large sums of
money purporting to "keep Kings Bay open".
I think we should be petitioning the Navy to
move a squadron of fast attack submarines
down here. Norfolk and Groton's infrastructure
is in such poor repair... you should hear the
stories from Sailors visiting Kings Bay!!!
(all positive)
topic #2 The Gilman/Durango debacle.
What a total mess. I hold the Gilman family
and our local politicians completely at fault
for this eyesore. Granted, Gilman employeed
(guessing) several thousand people in it's
heyday... but look at the mess it's caused now!
That place is going to require superfund $$
to clean up all the hazardous materials. God
knows what's been dumped out there over the
years. The city should be trying to find a
developer willing to foot the bill for the
property (and the cleanup) - and let's regain
that prime real estate for something other
than the total mess that it is. I'd rather see
4 high rise condo's built there rather than
driving by that dilapidated plant.
topic #3 Has anyone in our government
approached DOT about the intersections
of Colerain Rd. and St. Mary's Rd.? What
about Colerain and Kings Bay Rd.? I have
PERSONALLY witnessed THREE accidents
at these two intersections.No one seems to
know when / where to turn when trying to
turn left/right onto these two cross streets.
We need protected left turn signals at these
intersection YESTERDAY.Right after we
install those protected turn signals, how
about widening Colerain Rd. from St. Mary's
to I-95?This road is RIPE for development...
and needs to be 4 lanes with all the traffic
to/from the High School. I would support
a SPLOST to accomplish that widening....
Sandy Sez:
What do you think? As always send your
thoughts to oilseal@tds.net

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

ST. MARYS AIRPORT

Do we need it? Who does it serve? Can we
move it? Should we move it? Who would
own it? Can we afford it? Who would pay
for it? These are all questions that need
to be answered. Log on to oilseal@tds.net.
Tell us what you think. It's your County,
it's your future. Don't be silent.

What is an impact fee?

An impact fee is a one-time payment imposed
upon a developer to pay for a proportionate
share of system improvements needed to serve
new growth and development.
http://www.impactfees.com

Peter R. Olson of Jenkins & Olson, P.C. Writes:

Currently a great deal of media and professional
attention is being devoted to the issue of
development impact fees. A development impact
fee is a fee charged to cover a new development's
impact on infrastructure. A more precise
definition is contained in the statute, and will be
discussed below. Development impact fees are
governed by O.C.G.A. § 36-71-1 et seq. Those
statutes have been on the books for about ten
years, and some municipalities have adopted
impact fee ordinances.
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that you would like to send, please email
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NAMICOGA Wellness/Recovery Annoucement
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The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill is
conducting two groups currently. NAMI of
Coastal Georgia meet on the first and third
Mondays of every month for a Wellness/Recovery
support group that focuses on a topic to help us
and loved ones stay on a Recovery path and stay
healthy.
Our second group meets on the second and forth

Mondays of every month. This is a self-help
mutual support group. This group is only for
people who live with a mental illness. We, as a
group, come together to listen, support and relate
to one another because we are living with it. We
learn how to cope with our illnesses and just
support one another.
For those of you that have not come in a long
time WE MISS YOU! We would love to share what
has been going on in the NAMI group. Lately there
has been some changes and I know that people in the
group are starting togrow and move passed their
mental illness. Come and see it for yourself.
The times are 7pm at the Episcopal Church in
downtown St. Marys, behind Orange Hall on Wheeler
Street. Hope to see you all! For information -
Jackie 576-1561 or Ellen 882-2644Also, NAMI.org

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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D. Writes in reference to Airport:
Mr. Feller, The St. Mary's airport is St. Mary's
problem don't you think. I don't think it should
be moved at our expense. If St. Mary's cannot
have an airport in St. Mary's, and by the way,
why not, nobody has said they have to close it in
writing, then perhaps they should close it. I live
in Colesburg and do not want the thing in my
nice, quite, peaceful area. I moved here after
living in Kingsland, St. Marys, and then Kingsland
again. I like the peace and quite here and do not
want it disturbed by an airport. We will attend
the nest commissioners meeting on Monday to voice
this opinion. We also intend to attend the next
St. Marys council meeting to express our concerns.

S. Writes in reference to gas prices:
Here is a link. http://www.energy.ca.gov/gasoline/statistics/gas_taxes_by_state_2002.html You could ask the question: Why is gas the same
here as in Nassau county? Info is supposed to be
current.

G. Writes in reference to St. Marys Airport:
How about opening up a discussion area re:
the St. Marys Airport Relocation? We're talking
about an approximately $20M project that will
have major economic repercussions for St. Marys
and Camden County.

S. Writes in reference to Impact Fees:
Mr. Feller: Polk and Orange Counties in Flordia
recently enacted school impact fees of roughly
$9,000 per house (over and above impact fees for
roads, water, sewer, libraries, parks, fire, police,
et cetera), which has brought the (very powerful)
Florida Home Builders Association out in droves
of opposition. Thought you might be interested.

T. Writes in reference to Impact Fees:
I would like to start by commending you on a
wonderful news source. You are truly a County
Commissioner working for the people of Camden
County. I hope the people appreciate your
honesty and truth. I know that it can't be easy to
be the only one interested in the best interest of
the public, but continue to be strong and God will
see you through.

In reference to Impact Fees, I read about a month
ago a statement by Charles Akridge stating that the
RDC wanted him to complete the master plan by 2007.
Why have we set a date of 2007 for the completion
of the master plan?
Shouldn't we have already completed a master plan.
Impact Fees cannot be considered or implemented
without a master plan. So for the next two years
while Camden County experiences a massive
amount of growth we are operating without a
master plan.
We will continue to read your blog in
search of truth and justice for all.......

E. Writes in reference to Express Scripts:
First; it is good to know there is at least one local
politician who is willing to face the public. Could
you possible imagine a few other nameless local
political hacks who would actually engage the
public without benefit of a gavel or private telecom?

Second; Post Scripts. I have been directly

associated with municipal, county, and state
governing bodies for twenty-five years and have
attended more meetings than I care to remember.
Never have I been in a meeting where the principal
purpose of the meeting wasn't centered around how
to get more money out of taxpayers. In open
(public) sessions, all the usual platitudes and
comforting statements are made regarding
protecting, respecting, and honoring "our employers,
the taxpayers". Just as soon as the public meeting
is over and before the public leaves, the Mayor or
County Chairman makes an announcement that
council will now adjourn and go into executive
session to discuss personnel and other private
matters. It all goes down hill from there. Favorite
topics, other than how to get rid of a troublesome
department head, are what fees (garbage, water,
traffic fines, etc.) can we raise or is there some
new fee we can initiate (After all, fees for services
really aren't taxes, are they?). Their next favorite
subject is how to attract more business to the area.

Politicians seem to have some strange affinity for

ripping off taxpayers while giving breaks to corporate
buzzards who sail into communities offering the golden
ring of jobs. My experience with corporations like
Express Scripts is that, after wining and dining the
local yokels, they get their tax credits for a set number
of jobs, a free grant and loan if they really pass out the
really fine wine, and a tax exemption for anywhere
from 5 to 10 years. That is the usual process, and it
does sound familiar, doesn't it. My experience also
qualifies me to make a bet about Express Scripts.
After, possibly before, their ten year tax exemption is
up, they will sail away to some other fishing hole and
start all over again. Their wine will be ten years older
and our local government carrion will be looking to
the heavens for another buzzard to dine on the
taxpayers.

If a business can't stand on it's own two feet, why are

they in business? The answer is; bad business is good
for business when it is supported by local officials who
ignore the purpose of their elected or appointed offices,
which is to protect the people. That means all people,
not just the vested interest of a few.

Another question. If Camden County was such a great

place to locate a business, why, instead of us paying
them, didn't they pay us to come here?
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Sandy Sez:
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"What is a blog?"

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