Friday, May 27, 2005

GROWTH IS GOOD? well it all depends!

Unregulated growth is a one way
ticket to economic disaster. This
is a subjective evaluation and is
based on where you fall on the
economic food chain. If you are
a developer, landowner, craftsman,
or a retailer, residential growth
makes you all a quiver in anticipation
of the dollars you will make. On
the other hand if you are a retiree
or a senior citizen or otherwise on
fixed income it is a disaster.

To understand, let me take you down
my personal memory lane.

In 1968 my taxes in a suburban
community in New York were low.
I lived in a middle class community
where the schools were good, the
roads uncrowded and the police and
firemen had a fairly light load.

In 1992 my taxes were $8,000.00 the
roads were impossible, the schools
were over crowded and the police
and firemen earned every penny they
were paid. I learnt then that if you
don't balance residential growth with
commercial growth (and I don't mean
Wal-Mart, Target, or McDonald's). You
are doomed.

Economist will tell you the ideal balance
is 50% residential, 50% commercial or
industrial. Would you be surprised that
our ratio is 90% residential and climbing?
What will the steady influx of seniors do
to our fragile economy when mixed with
3,000 sailors and their families?

A member of the Assessors Board once
told me (when confronted by a senior
citizens plight on paying even higher
taxes based on ever increasing property
values) "If the senior can't pay his taxes
let him get a reverse mortgage." This
actually happened. In other words, if you
have lived here all of your life, raised
your family, paid your taxes and just
want to stay in your home and give it
to your grandchildren when you pass,
"FORGET IT."

WAKE UP CAMDEN AND SMELL THE
BITTER COFFEE that you brewed by

neglecting your responsibilities as
citizens. Take your future in your hands
before it is too late.

As usual all comments are invited,
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THOUGHT FOR TODAY
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People build fences, tall ones and thin,
To fence out what's outside and fence in
what's in. But your mind won't need fences,
It won't need a wall, If you keep your mind
open to anything at all. If we listen to others
and hear what they say, And drink in the
beauty of each brand new day, we're tearing
down fences and learning to see that the mind
can do wonders if we just set it free.
http://thundercloud.net/acpressions/fences/
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CAMDEN COUNTY 2010 POPULATION 90,000
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This is a correction. We neglected to
reference projections made by Association
County Commissioners of Georgia in their
2004 report which called for a 2010
population of 78,873. Their figure did not
include the 3,000 sailors and their families,
covered in the BRAC Report. Nor does it
include potential future growth due to the
Navy expansion.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
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Chuck Lanham writes about "The Fix"
Why in the world are we still approving
subdivisions no matter the size, on dirt
roads without having the applicant
restricted to building conforming paved
roads as a condition of an approval by the
planning boards and the various Councils
and County Committees. Without this
restriction, sooner or later the taxpayers
will end up paying for the paving of
those roads. The road from Kings Bay
to Colerain is a perfect example, who
really gains from this, only property
owners and prospective owners,
was there a fix?

Denise R. Taylor writes in reference
to County and JDA:
I agree profusely with Ruben Gomez.
Camden County is being ran into the ground
by the existing County Commissioners.
Sandy, God is truly going to bless you for
standing up for the taxpayers of Camden
County. I know that it gets tough at times,
but remember good things come to those
that stand up for righteousness. How can
the JDA be allowed to spend an additional
$100,000.00 on a fifth water study without
the approval of the County Commissioners?
Who oversees this group of individuals?
Why are they allowed to spend taxpayers
money without taxpayers knowledge or
approval? I read in a previous blog that
they have budgeted millions for several
projects. Who are these people accountable
to? Why do we as taxpayers have to pay for
them to make things comfortable for the
major landowners on the north end of the
County i.e, airport, horsestamp road project,
etc. The JDA in places like Jacksonville
have been very instrumental in the development
of that city. Our JDA has done nothing but
cost the taxpayers money.
Perfect example
is the $300,000.00 a year that the taxpayers
are responsible for paying on the Spec. Building
on Harriets Bluff, closed glue factory, and the
closed sausage factory. If the County feels that
the JDA is a needed necessity, why not change
out the leadership. Get some people with fresh
ideas. I believe everyone on the JDA has been
there for at least 6 years or more. And you
should take a look at the attendance record.
HORRIBLE...... Last but certainly not least,
shouldn't the focus change based on the
recommendations of the BRAC. I would
think we should scrap all of the projected
projects for the JDA(landowners and developers)
that will cost the taxpayers 100's of millions,
to no avail. And proceed forward at a rapid
pace to get our community in order for this
enormous influx of people. If not, we are
setting ourselves up for famine in the land!

J. Writes in reference to local festivals:
Dear Commissioner,
I am writing in reference to the presence of
dogs at local festivals. As a parent of a toddler,
I feel there should be guidelines for citizens
bringing their dogs to public events with large
crowds. Last year, I observed several pit bulls
at the Woodbine Crawfish festival. Pit bulls
are known for their vicious and unpredictable
behavior. These dogs are illegal in various
counties because of their violent behavior.
Yet, my infant was in his stroller at eye level
with these vicious dogs. I was afraid for his
safety as well as other children.

I also observed several dogs at the St. Marys
Fourth of July festival. I was not only concerned
for the safety of children. It was a very hot day.
These dogs were walking on very hot pavement.
Certainly, this should be considered as cruelty
to animals.

After the recent Woodbine Crawfish festival, I
felt that I should voice my concerns. At this
year’s festival, I again observed several pit bulls,
great Danes, and small dogs. Even the vendors
had their dogs tied up in their booths!! What if
one of these dogs became aggressive towards
another dog? What if one of these dogs attacked
a child?

It seems as if there is a safety issue as well as a
liability issue for the county or cities. (I am unclear
as to which governs the local festivals.) My concern
is that I should be able to attend these events as I
have for 34 years without fearing for the safety of
my toddler or myself. I urge the commissioners to
implement guidelines. All of these dogs were on
leashes as the law specifies. Yet, when a person
brings their pet into an environment with thousands
of people, the owner cannot predict how their pet
will respond to the environment. There is no way
of knowing if a child running past or a child eating
a corndog will elicit a response in their dog. Nor
can the owner predict how their pet will respond
when confronted by another dog in a massive crowd.
I urge you to set strict rules to protect the safety of
our children and citizens. A mandatory No Dog
policy should be mandated for all community
festivals regardless of the expected attendance.
One vicious attack would be too many.
Please consider the safety of our community.
Make a difference. Thank you for your time and
your commitment to making Camden County a
great place to live. I look forward to your response.
Julie,
I will be discussing this with Animal Control.
I will let you know. Sandy Feller
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Sandy Sez:
If 48,000 people had trouble leaving Camden
County during Hurricane Floyd some years
ago what will 90,000 or 100,000 people do?

Have a great Camden County Weekend.
Sandy Feller
County Commissioner
District 4



Wednesday, May 25, 2005

CAMDEN COUNTY 2010 POPULATION 75,000

ARE WE READY?

ROADS - NO
WATER - NO
SEWER - NO
EVACUATION ROUTE - NO
SCHOOLS - ?
FIRE HOUSES - NO
POLICE - NO

My Wife says:
Proper prior planning prevents poor
performance. My Wife is always right.

The dilema: Should the current population
of Camden County pay for everything
necessary for the future residents, only to
have their homes reassessed to a point
where they have to leave Camden County?


I don't think so!!!!! If our politicians
supported the citizens rather then the
Developers they would call for a
moritorium of building until they could
activate a master land use plan. Which
in turn would make it possible to impose
"IMPACT FEES." This would put
the expenses where they belong
on the newcomers and developers,
not the current residents of
Camden County.
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This is what I (Sandy Feller) basically
said at the May 3rd meeting of the
Commission, which was deliberately
deleted from the minutes.

Reference Water & Sewer - JDA paid Jordan
Jones and Goulding to do the same study in 1995.
Additionally they also had 3 more studies done in
2000. Namely "Management Plan for Water
Resources of the Camden Area," I-95/Dover
Bluff Road Interchange Water and Waste Water
Master Plan," "Water and Waste Water feasibility
study for the Harriets Bluff Area." Why have we
paid four times for similar studies and now are
being ask to pay for them again? Additionally,
by his own admission the new consultant does not
know Camdens water situation the way JJ&G does?

None of the four studies were implemented. Now,
here we go again. What is troubling is that 1700+
families that would be paying for services are now
being taken care of by private contractor (W&D).

What the County lacks is a land use master plan
which would show where the population, schools,
fire houses, businesses, etc. would be when the
build out occurs. This is needed to properly layout
the water lines as well as to provide the basis for
Impact Fees. For too long the existing population
of Camden County has been asked to foot the bill
for future residents.

Thankfully, this was printed as a letter
to the editor by the Tribune and Georgian
(kudo's to T/G for doing the right thing).
The bigger question is when did the
County Commission commit itself to

funding $50 - $100 million for water?
It was not done at a public meeting and
if it wasn't done, why spend still $100,000
more for a report that will just be filed in a
closet somewhere?
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
J. Writes in reference to Drug Testing:
On drug testing in our schools. It is time to recognize
that drugs are destroying the lives of many of our
children. That the drug abuse is a cost that all of
our society has to bare. A staggering number of
crimes are comment to support drug habits. Many
innocent lives are lost or injured because of drug
abusers. Parents have no clue how to deal with drug
addiction and often think the signs of drug abuse is
just some personality trait or phase. To know your
child is using drugs would be the first step in
stopping the problem. To not know is the second
step in allowing it to become an addiction. Because
it is such a tremendous problem any effort, at any
level, school, work whatever would be a step in
attacking the problem. You would test a child for a
disease, but not a drug problem? Think about the
lost productivity because some many folks are
suffering from addiction. I say address the problem
not avoid it. Test away. I say schools should be a
drug free zone not a place where drugs are tolerated.
Our teachers, school officials and other responsible
students should not be burden with those who are
drug abusers.

N. Writes in reference to Camden County Ga:
Hi Sandy I've started a new forum and was
wondering if you would list it in your blog. It has
local, national and some fun things. The link is http://camdencountyga.proboards37.com/ I really
miss the old kingsbay.net forums and wanted to
start that up again.
I hope to see you there too!


Rueben Gomez in reference to Commissioners:
Although it may look like you are a lonely voice within
the Board of Commissioners, you have got plenty of
support from the camdencountians, mine included,
and I encourage you to maintain your watch-dog
position for the benefit of the many.

The Rainer-Herrin-Rhodes trio is got to go, and the
sooner the better, before this county goes to Hell in a
hand basket.

N. Writes in reference to County Minutes:

I just looked at the SM council minutes and not only

are they behind (they only go up to Feb. 14) but they

are also incomplete if we are unable to attend the

meetings how are we to know what is going on?

Your right Sandy your comments to the County

commissioners should have been included in the

minutes, EVERYTHING that is said at a meeting

should be included in the minutes. Isn't everything

said supposed to be included? I know our wives

meeting minutes included everything said at the

meetings. What's the sense in having minutes

recorded if everything isn't in there?
This is unacceptable!

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CAMDEN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY
meets on the third Tuesday of every month.
Meetings are at 7p.m. at the Camden County Annex
Building (next to the Camden County Library) in
Kingsland. For more information, call Marcie Parker
at 912-674-4504. You can also visit the website at
www.camdengop.org
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Sandy Sez: Military and Civilian growth
may be a blessing or a curse. Ultimately
it is up to all of us to chart our future
course. Have a great Camden day.

Sandy Feller

County Commissioner, District 4

"Working for the future without

forgetting the past."








Friday, May 20, 2005

MEETING MINUTES FALSIFIED

In an uprecedented move at the
meeting of the County Commission
(May 17th). The majority (4-1) voted to
delete my comments at the May 3rd
meeting (See "Cities to pay more
taxes" posting). Evidently, the truth
is bothersome to my fellow
Commissioners.
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CITIZENS CAN FIGHT BACK!!!!!!!!
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SEE:http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/051705/met_18758284.shtml

A story in the Florida Times Union of
May 17th, written by Jim Schoettler.
Don't miss a single word.
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Sandy Sez: When I complained that
the minutes were inadequate and
didn't reflect my comments regarding
past history of water consultants.

Mr. Herrin said that the clerk was
too busy and we (the County) couldn't
afford to pay overtime to type up the
minutes. I responded that I would pay
the clerk $50.00 an hour to do the job.

He had no answer and the rest of the
Commissioners proceeded to ratify the
defective minutes. Once again "Keeping
people in the dark is the dominent
force in Camden County".

Have a Great Camden County Weekend.

Please email us at oilseal@tds.net, we would
like to know what you think.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

WHO IS JDA?

JDA stands for Joint Development
Authority. It was established some
10 years ago by the Georgia State
Assembly at the request of Camden
County. It consists of 9 citizen
members who serve for 6 year
terms. The everyday affairs
are run by an Executive Director and
his assistant. The following are a list
of the Board Members that make the
decisions:

Craig Brack - Chairman
John McDill - Vice Chairman
Stan Fowler - Secretary/Treasurer
Pat Brown - Executive Board Member
George Hannaford - Board Member
Jimmy McCollum - Board Member
Louise Mitchell - Board Member
Tom Turner - Board Member
Gary Willis - Board Member
Bob Noble - Executive Director

Their address is: P.O. Box 867, Kingsland,
Georgia 31548, phone: 912-729-7201,
800-554-8308 fax:912-729-3161, web site:
www.camdenjda.com

Please contact any or all of them with your
thoughts or concerns. Let us know how
you make out. In our opinion, public input
is good for government and their agencies.
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QUESTIONS FROM READERS,
ANSWERS FROM COMMISSIONER
SANDY FELLER, DISTRICT 4
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Reference letter from Mr. Tact
dated May 7th:

The JDA's performance has been poor
and very expensive to the taxpayers
of Camden County.

Reference letter from R. dated May 9th

Mr. Akridge is in fact County Manager and
Planning Director. And, yes the Commission
did not approve my first choice for member
of Planning Board. In an unprecedented
move they turned down my first
recommendation twice. This has never been
done before. As far as the allegations against
Mr. Rainers appointment I have no comment.

Reference letter from S. dated May 6th:

About the Call Center at Old Wal-Mart. I
agree the deal stunk for the tax paying
citizens of Camden County.

Reference letter from J. dated May 4th:

If you want to know more about the
investigation of the former Fire Chief
check with Gordon Jackson of the
Florida Times Union, DA Steve Kelley
and the local office of the GBI. If you
need phone numbers or addresses
email gordonjackson@jacksonville.com

Reference letter from S. dated May 3rd:

Contact District Attorney or Gordon Jackson
for updated information on the investigation
for Ex-Fire Chief. If you need phone numbers
or addresses email
gordonjackson@jacksonville.com

Reference letter from S. dated May 4th:

JDA is an undercover organization working
in the dark for their own purposes. Doing
private things with public money.

Reference letter from S. dated May 3rd:

"Tax Release Applications" are legal
procedures to recover overpayment of Real
Estate Taxes brought on by lack of
computerization/inefficiencies of Tax
Commissioners Department.
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Letters to the Editor:
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E. Writes in reference to Airport:

Open letter to David Rainer,
St. Marys/Camden County does not need a
airport. Eight airports within 45 minutes
of St. Marys is enough.
I do not want my tax money spent on a new
airport just to support a dozen or so
recreational pilots.

Close the present airport down, it does not
support itself. This land could be put to
better use. To solve the problem.......
Let the General Public vote on this.
Let us solve the problem for you.

Letter from Senator Jeff Chapman:

Dear Friends in Senate District 3,

Would you like to be more involved in your
Third Senate District? There are ways to help.
Become part of the Third Senate District Good
Government Team! Contribute toward the
needs of the local Field Office by donating funds
or volunteering to serve.

If you would like to offer your assistance by
volunteering your efforts in our local Field Office,
doing a special project from your home,
coordinating events, researching legislation, or
taking good notes at local meetings, your
assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Another easy way to help is to contribute funds
to defray the costs of our local Field Office. In an
effort to handle citizen needs in a more timely,
efficient manner, we have opened a Field Office
in Brunswick and could use your financial support.
Please send your contribution to Jeff Chapman for
State Senate, P.O. Box 3119, Brunswick, GA 31521.
Make a notation on your check that your
contribution is earmarked for the local Field Office.
Thank you for helping support effective, local
constituent services.

The Field Office is located at 3023 Altama Avenue,
also known as the Altama Professional Center. It
is in the same set of office suites with the Fellowship
of Christian Athletes.

Thank You!
Jeff
(P.S. If you want to read a wrap-up from the session,
review FY 06 State Budget notes, or have an interest
in serving on a State Board, please visit my website
at http://www.jeffchapman.us/ to learn more.)
Jeff Chapman for State Senate
P.O. Box 3119
Brunswick, GA 31521
jeff@jeffchapman.us
Brunswick: 912-280-0456
Atlanta: 404-656-0045
If you wish to be removed from this email list, please
reply to update@jeffchapman.us and in the subject
heading please note your removal request.

Z. Writes in reference to School Drug Testing:

Would I support mandatory drug testing of
students? Not unless the parents agree to
pay the full burden. Some where in here I
smell a fish. Someone is going to make a
buck off this deal.
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automatically convert to a permanent loan.

One approval and one set of closing costs
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Sandy Sez: The light of public disclosure never
hurt anyone except those who seek to hurt and
cheat the public. That's what THIS publication
is dedicated to, light. Tell us whats on your
mind. We will share it with the rest of the
County. Have a great Camden Day. Remember
"the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

Friday, May 13, 2005

JDA BUDGET 2005 - 2006

JDA BUDGET 2005-2006
ACCOUNTS/AMOUNTS
Accounting $5,500.00
Advertising/Promotions $15,000.00
Client Visits/Meals $2,000.00
Contract Services $50,000.00
Developers Day/Delegate Tours $4,000.00
Dues & Subscriptions $2,000.00
Industrial Sites/Engineering $10,000.00
Georgia DOT Board Meeting $5,000.00
Legal & Insurance $8,000.00
Meetings, Forums & Trade Shows $10,000.00
Office Equipment $2,000.00
Office/Part Time/Temp $1,000.00
Office Supplies $1,500.00
Postage $2,000.00
Professional Development $1,000.00
Salaries & Wages $111,082.15
Taxes $8,328.78
Benefits $7,289.07
Telephone $3,500.00
Travel $18,500.00
Utilities $300.00
Communications/Internet $0.00
Printing $0.00
Operating Budget Total $281,000.00
Debt Retirement:
Sun Trust Bank Bond - Principa $165,000.00
Sun Trust Bank Bond - Interev $115,985.00
Sunt Trust Service Fee $2,850.00
Debt Retirement Total $283,835.00
Special Projects: Budget Amounts - Total Projected Cost
County Wide Water and Sewer $100,000.00 $50-$100 Million
St. Marys Railroad $0.00 $8 - $10 Million
Horse Stamp Church Road (Right of Way & Utilities) $100,000.00 $12 - $15 Million
Airport - Relocation $50,000.00 $20-$25 Million
I-95 Interchange - SEALS $86,000.00 $12 - $15 Million
Land Acquisition Bayer Property $50,000.00 $3 - $4 Million
Fortune Five Hundred Company (BAse Bond Issue) $10,165.00 $5 - $6 Million
Special Project Total $396,165.00
TOTAL BUDGET $961,000.00
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10 MILLION DOLLAR GIVE-AWAY
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Board of Commissioners set to give
away $10,000,000.00 to JDA.
(with no strings attached)!!!!!!!!!!!
Come to Commission meeting in
Woodbine (Old Court House) at 6:00 P.M.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005.
IT'S YOUR MONEY, THIS AFFECTS
EVERYONE.
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We have received our first message and
may have cured the problem with a few
words in the right place. Thank you for
coming forward.
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Hats off to the Tribune & Georgian
Congratulations to the Tribune & Georgian
on their editorial of May 11, 2005 "TIME
TO TAKE A BIG STEP BACK"? Your
service to the County and its residents
is appreciated.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Senator Chapman visits Camden

State Senator Jeff Chapman was in the
County Friday morning. Although he
had to be in Savannah at 12:00 he
attended (at my request) the regular
meeting of Rotary. He filled us in on
the recent session of the Senate and
what to look for in the future. He is
one elected official who is looking out
for all the people. I wish I could say
the same for others.
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CRAWFISH FESTIVAL
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Hats off to the City of Woodbine and
the committee in charge of the
Crawfish Festival. The festival went
off letter perfect. A good time was had
by all. The committee promises bigger
and better next year and I believe it.
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ROTARY CLUB of Camden County
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Rotary Club scores big!!!!!!
As a result of the duck race raffle
$20,000.00 worth of tickets were sold.
One half of the proceeds are earmarked
for Camden House (a facility that helps
battered wives and families). The other
half will finance various altruistic activities
of the organization. Hats off Rotary and
the committee which made it possible.
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AIRPORT MEETING - MAY 12, 2005
6:00 CAMDEN COUNTY REC.
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R. Writes refence to Chairman of
Planning and Zoning Commission:
I read with great curiosity all of the things that
are happening with the Planning and Zoning
Commission. Is it really true that Charles Akridge
holds both positions County Manager and
Planning and Zoning Director? If so, why?
I was also told that the Board of Commissioners
would not allow your appointment to serve on
the commission. But, the commissioners voted
to appoint an Ex-County Commissioner who it
has been alledged was caught stealing from the
taxpayers of Camden County. And now they
have elected him to serve as Chairman of
the Planning/Zoning Commission.
IS THIS TRUE???????

M. Writes in reference to Giveaway:
Dear Editor, I thought it was very thoughtful
of the comission to make a deal with Express
Scripts so that our unemployeed workers
could have another opportunity to remain
employed at home. I know that if something
similar happens to me, I will be taken care of.
Let me see now.. no tax revenue,
($600000/10yrs)/population. It didn't cost me
but a few dollars to take care of my brothers and
sisters. Now for Express Scripts; Who Cares?

Mr. Tact reference to JDA performance:
I've been a little remiss in my reading of late.
Just got around to your comments regarding
the misfeasant "performance" of the JDA for
the last decade, or so.

To be fair, the JDA did land - or, at least, take
credit for landing - one sausage factory and
one glue factory with combined low-wage
payrolls of less than 25 employees. Given the
purported need for utmost secrecy before,
during, and, apparently, into perpetuity, who's
to say what degree of involvement they actually
have in any recruitment activities they take
credit for?

The front page news about the JDA's ostensible
role in recruiting Express Scripts hit the
Tribune & Georgian on a Wednesday. The
following Friday afternoon, I was listening to a
late afternoon news show on the NPR station out
of Jacksonville. They ran a piece on how
Wal-Mart often finds it to their advantage to
build a new, "Super Wal-Mart" while still having
years to run on the lease of the smaller building
they're replacing: in other words, just exactly
like the situation in St. Marys. The piece went
on to state that within the real estate division
at the Bentonville, Arkansas world
headquarters of Wal-Mart, there is a team of
professionals whose sole function is to actively
recruit appropriate businesses to assume the
lease on their prior locations
- JUST
EXACTLY like what happened when Express
Scripts took Wal-Mart off of the hook here.

I'll be the first to apologize to Bob Noble, et al,
if I'm convinced otherwise, but, intuitively, my
money is on the Wal-Mart team.
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GEEK CENTRAL - "They know a lot of stuff"
2603-V Osborne Road, St. Marys, Georgia 31558
Kings Bay Shopping Center, 912-7293915 ***********************************************
Martin "Marty" Bonk GRI, Sales Associate,
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Have a Great! Donut Day. Kings Bay Village,
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Sandy Sez:
As quickly as the Cities and County
evidenced a strong desire to begin work
on Colerain Road as an evacuation route,
just as quickly has it sunk out of sight.
Too bad, I guess the only roads
government wants are roads that help
developers. Too bad!!!!

Friday, May 06, 2005

CITIES TO PAY MORE TAXES

In a surprise move (Tuesday, May 3rd meeting)
the County authorized the JDA to hire a new
consultant to plan for water and sewer in the
un-incorporated area.

This is astonishing since the JDA paid Jordan
Jones and Goulding to do the same study in 1995.
Additionally they also had 3 more studies
done in 2000. Namely "Management Plan for
Water Resources of the Camden Area", I-95/Dover
Bluff Road Interchange Water and Waste Water
Master Plan", "Water and Waste Water feasibility
study for the Harriets Bluff Area". Why have we
paid four times for similar studies and now are
being ask to pay for them still again? Additionally,
by his own admission the new consultant does not
know Camdens water situation the way JJ&G does?

None of the four studies were implemented. Now,
here we go again. What is troubling is that 1700+
families that would be paying for services are now
being taken care of by a private contractor (W&D).

If implemented the cities will have to pay for the
bonds until the growth in the area is enough to
pick up the slack.

I am sure the cities don't mind more taxes
for services they don't get......

What do you think, it's your money?
Write us , our email address is oilseal@tds.net.
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AIRPORT PUBLIC HEARING
Thursday, May 12th, Camden County
Recreation Center, 6:00 p.m.
BE THERE, SPEAK YOUR MIND,
IT'S YOUR COUNTY, IT'S YOUR
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
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Rueben Gomez writes in reference
to County Commission:
It is about time Camden County emerges from its
dormant past into the 21st Century and abandons
the good-ole-boy mentality so desperately perpetuated
by the commissioners Rainer/Herrin/Rhodes trio. In
addition of being totally deprived of initiative, these
fellows lack the imagination and creativity to be of
any help.

On the other hand, to say that the County Manager
is incompetent is an overstatement. Mr. Akridge's
pathetic performance is only exceeded by those
commissioners who support him.

Again, I must remind Camdencountians of a nearly
300 year old premise which goes "the people have
the government they deserve", consequently, if we
want better we must deserve better, and for those
who are in denial I have another one: "if the suit
fits, wear it.....!"

S. Writes in reference to Taxes:
Sandy, What are all these "Tax Release Applications"
that appear on the Commission agenda and are
approved without any discussion? What's being
released? For what? Meanwhile, I can't get any relief,
or response, from the tax assessors' office regarding
my appeal of the 2003 reassessment. How many years
should it take? They've assessed marshland as high
ground and demanded payment of the higher amount
for two years and counting. Thanks for being the
consumer advocate among the boys. It's appreciated.

S. Writes in reference to Audit of Fire Dept.:
Regarding the "Independent Accountant's Report On
Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures," I'm confused by
the first and the penultimate paragraphs. They seem
to be in opposition of one another. However, the final
paragraph seems quite ominous: "Had we performed
additional procedures, other matters might have come
to our attention that would have been reported to you."
What did they uncover that they're not allowed to report?

Sesat. Writes in reference to JDA:
With respect to the JDA, I think the county commissioners
should pass a law that says no business shall receive any
taxpayer monies without approval of the taxpayers. I also
think the JDA should forward an agenda of their next
month activities to the county and local news. The JDA
should be required to disclose all negotiations involving
taxpayers funds. I believe negotiations for future
businesses in this county is a public issue. As a final
comment, what has the JDA done for me?

J. Writes in reference to State of Camden County:
I suggest if there is any real interest in an investigation
then we need to go to the authorities. I suggest that
Gordon Jackson with the Florida Times Union be
contacted, 729-3672. The State District
Attorney Stephen Kelly in Brunswick and the
U.S. District Attorney in Savannah. I read where there
was some print about an investigation but that does
not make it so.
Also, it needs to be followed up by our
county commission. They are our watch dogs. Sometimes
they have to do more than bark.
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Martin "Marty" Bonk GRI, Sales Associate, Navy Retired
ERA Kings Bay Realty
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Kingsland, GA 31548
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Sandy Sez:
The fire station to be built in the Dover Bluff area should
be moved closer to I-95 away from residents. It is
clear to this writer that something is going on below
the radar screen regarding the water/sewer issue.
Keep tuned. As always, send your comments to
oilseal@tds.net. Have a wonderful Camden County Weekend.
Sandy Feller

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

JDA - Friend or Foe

Should we give the JDA $1,000,000.00
a year for 10 years with NO STRINGS
ATTACHED?????????

The figure of $1,000,000.00 does not include
debt services for bonds ($283,835.00) or operating
expenses of another $281,000.00.

To answer the question you have to know some
history. The Joint Development Authority was
enacted by the State Legislature back in 1994
(approx).

It was enacted at the request of the County
Commission (whose chairman, I believe was
Artie Jones Jr. ). It was enacted with
members appointed by the County Board of
Commissioners for 6 years. It has broad
powers! It is in fact a shadow government
with broad powers which operate largely in
the dark (out of the public eye).

Over the years its claim to fame was the
Industrial Park (mostly empty) and the
"Spec Building" a large structure that
cost us a fortune and has remained empty
to this time. The one shining star in the
history of the JDA is the new company
located in the Old Wal-Mart (Kingsbay
Shopping Center). THIS ONE SUCCESS?
Illustrates the problem that I have with
the organization. It negotiates totally in
the dark. I only learnt about it by an off-
handed remark by Commissioner Steve Berry
(back in May 2004). I said at a Commissioners
meeting that I noticed activity going on at
Old Wal-Mart. Mr. Berry reacted by saying
that the JDA had negotiated a deal with a
Fortune 500 Company.

I asked Mr. Akridge and Mr. Noble 4 times
for information and was answered by silence.

I finally had to file a "Freedom of Information
Request" to get any reaction at all. Keep in
mind I am a duly elected County Commissioner
and should get this information automatically.

I can see why they kept it in the dark. The deal
they struck was one which they didn't want me
to know or comment about. They waived all taxes
for ten years. They loaned them $600,000.00 for
ten years at no interest. Finally they got them a
grant from the state for $1,000,000.00. That's
a lot of money for jobs at basically entree level
salaries. The modifications to the building were
done predominately by out-of-town contractors.
So where did the taxpayers, who have been paying
for years get anything ?? How did they get
City and County taxes waived? But not, School taxes
which is another question. Now they (JDA) want an
intergovernmental agreement for 1 mil ($1,000,000.00
or more) per year for the next ten years. How can
we trust them to act in our behalf if they work
in the dark? What do they want it for? Who will
benefit? How much for each item?

Who benefits from their work? You guessed it,
THE FAT CATS, not the COMMON TAXPAYER
who pays the bills.

What do you think of all of this. You better speak up
NOW. It is not too late. You have this venue, write
us we will print all letters. Email oilseal@tds.net
Sandy Feller, County Commissioner, District 4
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ATTENTION: ST. MARYS CITIZENS
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Looking to run for City Council in the fall.
Now's the time for you to get your message out. We
will print all of your letters. Make them short and to
the point (I am too long winded as is).
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JUST A REMINDER: American Legion Post meeting
Thursday, 5 May 2005, 7:00 p.m., Submarine Museum
This is our election. Come help us decide.
Harley Nolden - Adjutant
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
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D. Writes in reference to Ex-Chief:
I cannot say that I was surprise about the obvious
corruption in the Camden County Government.
The only question that I ask is will the District Attorney
and the Federal Bureau of Investigators investigate
this matter fully (let's start with a forensic audit). We
cannot count on the County Manager to request a
full investigation from the Sheriff Department,
because he would convict himself in the process.
Based on the depths of corruption in this county and
the people that are involved, will justice ever be served.
Will the taxpayers ever receive justice or restitution.
How can Danny Daniels be allowed to retire or receive a
pension from the taxpayers of Camden County? According
to the Audit Report, it appears that the County deposited
over $150,000.00 into the unauthorized bank accounts.
How could Danny Daniels achieve this goal without the
help of Mike Fender and Charles Akridge?
Why did the
County Commissioner elevate Charles Akridges salary to
$77,000.00 a year when it appears that he's not
competent? Why would the County Commissioners
give Charles Akridge the responsibilities of County
Manager and Planning and Zoning Director when he
can't perform either, effectively? Why would the County
Commissioners hire Charles Akridge and not require him
to go through a normal drug screening? Why didn't the
County Commissioners reprimand Charles Akridge for
not providing the necessary oversight over Danny Daniels?
What are the County Commissioners hiding?
Was it because he/they are co-conspirator?
Am I the only one with this opinion?
I should not be the only one curious about the answers to
these questions. Because I am not the only one paying for
the decisions that are being made.
Commissioner
Feller, since Commissioner Berry stated that no one
ever ask him any questions, can you please have him
to answer the above questions for publishing on the
blog.
Robert G. Becker writes with reference to
State of The County:
Never has a Commission been so behind as this one.
They have gutted the Planning and Zoning Department
of the County, to the benefit of certain individuals and
companies.
They have failed to impose Impact Fees, in fact they are
either ignoring it or hiding it, why? There have been
four water studies done over the years, at great cost to
the county.
Each time it was suggested we get in the water business.
In fact Commissioner Herrin has stated publicly he would
never vote to go into the water business(as per B.O.C
minutes). Now a day late and a dollar short your
looking at this. Now that we have given away the store
by allowing private companies to take over. This
Commission is so far behind the curve it's a disgrace.
It will cost the average citizen of this county for years
to come. Each thing this Commission has done has
benefited not the citizens of this county,
but in most cases companies and individuals.
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Sandy Sez:
Hold onto your wallets
THE JDA IS COMING... Be careful
because they come in the night when
you can't see and everyone is asleep.
As always, please email us your thoughts and
comments oilseal@tds.net.
Sandy Feller