Friday, June 24, 2005

SUBASE AWAITS BOOM

Will we be ready?

Do we want it in the first place?

By AMY HORTON CARTER

The Brunswick News

Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay would
gain six fastattack submarines and more
than $238 million in new construction over
the next six years through the Pentagon's
Base Realignment and Closure process,
according to working papers released by
the U.S. Department of Defense.

Personnel and equipment redirected from
Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton,
Conn., would begin making the 1,022-mile trip
south to Kings Bay in 2008. By 2011, the
Pentagon's target date for deactivating the
New London base, Kings Bay would have 15
percent more square footage and 33 percent
more personnel than it has now.

According to the Pentagon's working papers,
Kings Bay has 2,507 "unconstrained acres"
available for development without restrictions.
Kicking off the nation's first BRAC in 10 years
on May 13, the Pentagon proposed a major
boost for Kings Bay and Camden County by
suggesting that New London, the country's
oldest sub base, be closed. Its personnel, missions
and equipment would be divided between Kings
Bay and Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.

The working papers released last week contain
the Pentagon's justification for proposing the
closure of New London, the logistics and
expenditures necessary to transfer assets
from New London, and the financial gains
projected as a result. The total estimated
one-time cost to the Department of Defense
to implement the recommendation is $679
million. After the plan is implemented, the
Pentagon projects that it will have an annual
recurring savings of $192 million, with payback
expected in three years.

The Pentagon expects to save $1.58 billion over
20 years as a result of closing New London and
realigning its missions.

Kings Bay would be the subject of an intensive
military construction campaign in preparation
for New London's closure. Among the structures
proposed is an $11.1 million pier and a $32.6
million flight simulator facility.

The total $238 million construction budget is
broken down by year, with $20 million worth
of work planned for fiscal 2006 (beginning Oct. 1,
2005), $85 million for 2007, $1 million for 2008,
$813,000 for 2009 and $132 million for 2010.

Six Los Angeles class fast attack submarines,
associated equipment and crew/medical personnel
would be slated to arrive at Kings Bay in fiscal year
2008 (beginning Oct. 1, 2007).

Fifteen more people and equipment would follow
in fiscal 2009. The Navy's Center for Submarine
Learning would move to Kings Bay in fiscal 2010,
and its Submarine School would follow in fiscal
year 2011.

Thirty-nine students would be redirected to Kings
Bay in 2008, and 1,408 (the average daily enrollment
of the sub school) would come in 2011.

http://www.thebrunswicknews.com/front/28349183 7586078.php

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
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Denise R. Taylor writes in reference to County:
Sandy,
After attending the June 21st meeting of the County
Commissioners I am quite confused. I have a couple
of questions that I would like for you to answer.

1. The County posted items A through N in the legal
organ as things the County Commissioners would
vote on. But when I attended the meeting the items
voted on had gone from N to about T. But the agenda
that was put on display for the public stated A - N.
Is it the responsibility of the Commission to inform the
taxpayers as to what is being voted on?
One of the items was to release
85,000.00 dollars worth of taxes for something.
Another was to fund something for the 911 Center.
The point is both involved taxpayers money.

2. In reference to the Public Hearing on the Budget.
How could this constitute a public hearing for the
public when the budget was never presented, the copy

that was given to the press did not include the 175M for
the JDA, the budget that ran in the legal organ did not
include the 175M for the JDA?

3. If the budget is approved as presented to the public
does this mean that the JDA is approved for the
175+ millions for Special Projects. This information
has never been published in the legal organ. And no
one made mention of it at the so-called public hearing.

4. How can Rainer serve as Chairman of the County
Commissioners, County Manager and Planning
and Building Director? He has the authority to do
anything and everything. I guess the good-ole-boy
system is salivating!
My mind immediately goes back to the illegally forged
documents sent to the One Georgia Authority. How can
this be allowed???????

I am so surprised that these situations are occurring
when we have two attorney on the board of
Commissioners, how do they feel about this? Is this a
breach of their fudiciary duties?
Most importantly, I feel this entire situation is a
Void of Public Policy.

I, as do many others, await your response. I have
received alot of emails in reference to the above,
mostly about the JDA budget that has never been
presented to the taxpayers of this county.

How can any elected official vote this in
without informing the public. This has got
to be illegal........... If this is in fact voted
in on June 28th, the public should demand
a recall of all County Commissioners that
vote for the budget approval!

S. Writes in reference to JDA:
Comissioner, I reccomend that the J.D.A. budget be
cut 10%. I further recommend another 10% per year
cut until it reaches the amount of tax revenue taken
in by the 10 year average of their efforts. If they cut
the businesses a no tax deal then what good is the
J.D.A. doing for the county?



E. writes about Redneck Engineers:

This kinda sounds like the county.
Redneck Engineers:

Bubba and Junior were standing at the base

of a flagpole, looking up. A blonde woman walked

by and asked what they were doing. "We're

supposed to find the height of the flagpole," said

Bubba, "but we don't have a ladder."The woman took

a wrench from her purse, loosened a few bolts, and

laid the pole down. She took a tape measure from

her pocket, took a measurement, announced,

"Eighteen feet, six inches," and walked away.

Junior. shook his head and laughed.

"Ain't that just like a dumb blonde!

We ask for the height, and she gives us the length!

M. writes in reference to GAS:

Well with gas going up 5 cents in Nassau, how long

will it take for the gas distributor for Camden, to do

the same?

Sandy Sez:

Lets keep working together. The County is

actually starting to talk about Master Plans,

Impact Fees, and Evacuation Routes. It

looks like maybe our plan, yours and mine

is working. Send your comments to

oilseal@tds.net.

Have a Great Camden County Weekend...

Sandy Feller, County Commissioner

District 4

Friday, June 17, 2005

CAMDEN COUNTY "THE DARK SIDE"

As with Star Wars the County has chosen
"the dark side" because they find it more
comfortable.

The State of Georgia is ambiguous to say
the least. On one hand we have "The Open
Meeting Act" and "The Freedom of
Information Act," on the other we have
"Joint Development Authority (JDA)."

The former set rules for open meetings
and access by the public to government records.
The latter does all its work in the dark out
of sight of the public. Additionally it enters
into contracts and spends money (taxpayers
money) without public discussions or public
bidding (unlike other government agencies).

Camden County government loves doing things
in the back room
, which is why they love the
JDA so much.


Imagine an agency in business for 10 years,
spending perhaps 20 million dollars and
nothing to show for it but an empty Chicken
Coop on Harriets Bluff Road and an entry level
Call Center who is tax exempt for 10 years,
not to mention many other goodies.

Now they want to write a contract worth
$10 - 12 million with no oversight and no
checks and balances.

Don't let the County Commission do their
dirty work in the backroom thru JDA and
avoid the light of day.

Attend County Commission meeting
Tuesday, June 21st at 6:00 p.m. at the
Old Court House in Woodbine. Remember
it's your money and your future.

Have a great Camden County Weekend.

P.S. If the County Commission does not
address the matter (JDA) on June 21, 2005
it is because of your heart warming attention
to my messages each week.

Either way thank you for your participation.

Friday, June 10, 2005

CAMDEN COUNTY WATER

FUTURE RESIDENTS ALERT

If you are planning to come to Camden
County my advice is to stick to the Cities
.

The subject of fresh water and waste water
treatment is a basic necessity.

In the case of the Cities In particular the
City of Woodbine (Master plan, Impact Fees
Moratorium on new Projects) they all have
reasonably well organized systems
capable of expanding to the growing
population. In the case of the unincorporated
areas that is another subject entirely
. I
understand that I am using a broad brush and
that I will be hurting some but I am obligated
to protect the masses.

If I am in error please let me know and
IF I am wrong I will correct the record.

When a project is approved in the County
it is contigent that the matter of water and
waste be fully addressed. However as you
will see there are many unanswered questions.

DNR informs us in their letter of
May 27th as follows:

In Camden County there are only two privately
-owned water systems that have Permits to
Operate a Public Water System.

These are:Elliott's Bluff Plantation:
Owner: Permitted in the 1980's by W.H. Gross
and sold to Avera Greene in 1995.

Trustee: We do not have a copy of his Trust
Indenture at our office in Brunswick.

Satilla Plantation/Devonshire:
Owner: Permit issued in 2000 to W&D Investments.
Trustee: Susan Beth Williams

Proposed/Pending Privately-Owned Water Systems
in Camden County.

These water systems have not applied for a permit
so there is not a Trust Indenture on record:

Tuscan Landing Owner: W&D Investments
Sanctuary Cove: Owner: W&D Investments
Creekside Oaks: Owner: W&D Investments
Ocean Breeze: Owner: W&D Investments
Middleton Plantation: Owner: W&D Investments
Riverplace Plantation: Owner: W&D Investments

In Camden County there are only two privately-owned
waste water treatment systems that have Permits.

These are:

River Oaks Mobile Park Owner: Everett Burch
(probably constructed in mid 1960s; initial permit
probably issued in mid 1970s)
Trustee: None

Sanctuary Cove
Owner: W & D Investments
Trustee: Sanctuary Cove Homeowner's Association
(no letter in file from Camden County denying
Trusteeship)

In Camden County there is only one proposed/
pending privately-owned wastewater treatment
system that has not been issued a Permit.

Riverplace Plantation
Owner: W&D Investments
Trustee: Riverplace Homeowners Association
(have letter in file from Camden County denying
Trusteeship)

To avoid incidents (like Flea Hill) where the

supplier of fresh water and or waste

water treatment fails to perform (for whatever

reason) and the County is forced to become the

supplier (which cost us $250,000.00). I was

able to get County Commissioners to pass

following Law:

SUBMISSION REGULATIONS

SECTION 308. PRIVATE WATER AND PRIVATE SEWAGE.

CURRENT ORDINANCE
Where either public water or public sewers, or both,
are not available to a subdivision, and where a subdivider
shall decide to establish a private water system and a
private sewer system or allow individual systems, the
plans and specifications for such private water and sewer
system shall be approved by the Camden County Health
Department and/or the Environmental Protection Division
of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

RECOMMENDED ADDITION TO THE ABOVE ORDINANCE
The developer of a private water system and/or a private
sewer system shall adhere to the requirements of Section
391-3-5-.04 of the Georgia Rules for Safe Drinking Water,
with any and all updated amendments which state the
"APPROVAL REQUIREMENTS" for public water
supply systems in Georgia. The developer shall not be
allowed to construct a private water system or a private sewer
system unless said developer has obtained the required
permits
from the Camden County Health Department and/or the
Environmental Protection division of the Georgia Department
of Natural Resources.

In addition to the above requirements, the developer of
a private water system and/or a private sewer system
shall strictly adhere to Section 391-3-5-04(e) and
Section 391-3-5-04(f) for the Georgia Rules for Safe Drinking
Water
which requires the developer to submit a copy of a
TRUST INDENTURE OR OTHER LEGAL AGREEMENT
approved by the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia
Department of Natural Resources. The developer is hereby placed
on NOTICE, that the Camden County Board of Commissioner
shall not serve in any form or manner as the required TRUSTEE
in regards to the TRUST INDENTURE so required by the State
of Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

However as you can see from above report it

has never been enforced.

In any event the STATE of GEORGIA was to

be memorialized that we would not be trustee

in event of failure of a system. Whenever a

developer wanted to put in centralized water

and or waste water treatment.

Throughout the Flea Hill matter Jordan, Jones

and Goulding were our consultants and engineer.

They performed magnificently. They currently

administer the water and wastewater expansion

of the City of St. Marys.

They conducted the 4 (county wide) previous

studies. Yet, they were not solicited for a bid by

the JDA. For the new (5th study). Nor, was

the bid advertised as per Tribune & Georgian

the official newspaper of the County. Raising

the question as to whether JDA is exempt from

bidding process. Now you know why I recommend

the Cities rather than the County. There are too

many loose ends and too much winking at

regulations on the counties part.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
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Frank writes in reference to Growth:
I enjoyed reading the Tribune and Georgian
last week and seeing the two of you supporting
the need for planning and development review.
As you know coastal Georgia is booming and
some reasonable and consistently applied
regulations will not drive away quality developers,
both local and national. There are some good
consultants that can and will work with the County
to develop an unified plan with all the planning,
zoning, and development (infrastructure
construction) requirements in a single document.
That is generally an 8 to 12 month process and
costs between $85,000 and $125,000 dollars.
I understand that the RDC has made an offer to
write the required Comprehensive Plan. I wish
you the best in the public hearings, and workshops
in completing this document.
If either of you know of any openings I am actively
looking for employment. The new county manager
here is cleaning house and doesn't want to deal with
the existing department heads. I would appreciate
any leads that you could provide.
Answer: Wish you were here!

Craig Dumesnil writes in reference to GROWTH:
I am writing to you as a result of reading recent articles in the
Tribune concerning expected population growth in Camden
County. Several years back I purchased property in the city
limits of St. Marys in hopes of moving to the area from
southern Beaufort County, SC, where I have lived and worked
in the real estate business since 1983.

As you probably know, southern Beaufort County is the location
of Hilton Head Island and the once rural and largely
undeveloped mainland area of the county known as
Bluffton/Okatie. Whereas Hilton Head was developed over
the past 40 years by landowners into large master planned
communities encompassing 85% of the island's total area;
there existed no such planning component for the mainland
adjoining Hilton Head as it began to experience signs of
developer interest and accelerating population growth
making it the fastest growing area in SC. Two critical steps were
taken to insure that growth could occur under the control of
local government.

At the local level, the town of Bluffton, originally measuring one
square mile, annexed over a short period of time 50,000 acres
into the city limits. The vast majority of this land is land subject
to intense developer interest for residential, commercial and
light industrial development. This development is now ongoing
and will continue for many years subject to development
agreements including significant impact fees and donations of
public lands negotiated by the Bluffton City Council and its
planning department. At the county level, no development
moved forward in the unincorporated areas of the county until
a very detailed comprehensive plan was hammered out by staff
and approved by County Council.

The point of my email to you is that there is a vast amount of
knowledge and experience up here that may be worth borrowing
from. Certainly, you and your fellow commissioners will be using
all of the resources available to you as you make the difficult
decisions shaping the future of Camden County. I only suggest
that drawing on the experience of other similar communities
may assist you in avoiding many of the mistakes that have already
been made by others and may ultimately save precious amounts
of time as you find yourselves under pressure to come up with a
plan to grow in a way which will preserve the special quality of
life in Camden County.
Answer: Some people know the right way to go.

Z. Writes in reference to Impact Fees:
Court OKs Lee County School Impact Fees
The Second District Court of Appeals last week
upheld a local court decision supporting school
impact fees. The decision was a victory for Lee
County schools and a setback for Florida's home
building industry. Lee County Commissioners
implemented the $2,232 per single-family
home school impact fee in December 2001. Impact
fees are also imposed for parks, roads, fire protection
and other services in Lee County which brings the total
impact fee costs to nearly $10,000 per single-family
home.

The Lee Building Industry Association, along
with First Home Builders and a homeowner first filed
suit in December 2001 challenging the fairness and
method of computing of school impact fees. A judge
had ruled in favor of the county before Lee BIA sent the
case to the Second DCA. Michael Reitman, Executive
Vice President of the Lee BIA, said the court's decision
represented a sad day for working people. "We're the
hottest housing market in the country, it won't affect
us,' Reitman said about home builders. "New school
teachers, firefighters, people working in Lee County
and county employees will not be able to buy a new
house." Lee County collected around $80 million in
fees last year, money that only can be spent to
provide infrastructure.
Answer: Some people have the right idea!

H. Writes in reference to absent Commissioner:
Mr. Feller, you'll love this one!
Were you not invited to the ribbon cutting for
the new park at Harriett's Bluff? You're not in
the photo. Have they rubbed you out completely?
Be careful. All the best.
Answer: I had a last minute conflict. So far I
am still here. Thanks

N. Writes in reference to JDA Projected Spending:
Good morning Sandy,
Can you explain this a little?
Decision reference $10,000,000.00 giveaway to
JDA postponed till June 21st meeting of County
Commission.BE THERE ITS YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!!!
And this Question: How are we (Taxpayers) going
to pay for the $175 million (175,000,000.00) in
projects discussed in 2005/2006 budget? Not to
mention the administrative costs of $681,000,000.00
in 2005/2006 budget.
What is the money for the JDA for? and What are the
$175 million projects??
Answer: I can't explain it and I don't know where the
money is going to come from! The Special Projects
were listed in May 13th Blog titled "JDA Budget."
Take a look at the previous post on JDA. I sure hope
the public attends the June 21st meeting and ask
questions about this, before the budget is approved.
I only have ONE VOTE, I am sure that this will
pass 4-1.

Mr Tact. Writes in reference to water:
Sandy,

Based upon my reading so far, it appears that

matters dealing with current and/or future
water/sewer needs are outside of the scope of
the JDA's mission.

Looks like the county needs a separate "Water

and Sewer Authority" to do what they now have
the JDA doing, vis-a-vis water and sewer.
Answer: We need something, that's for sure.
It is clear to me that something is going on
below the radar screen "and it isn't pretty!"

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SUMMER VACATION, PUBLISHING

ON FRIDAY ONLY

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Sandy Sez: If you don't come to the June 21,2005

meeting of the Board of Commissioners at the Old

Court House in Woodbine at 6:00p.m. you will

get what you DESERVE!!!!!! If I sound to harsh

remember you sent me there to fight for you. I

can't be a GENERAL without an ARMY!

Have a Great Camden County Weekend.

Sandy Feller

County Commissioner, District 4

"Working for the future without

forgetting the past."


Friday, June 03, 2005

JACK KINGSTON CONSERVATION CENTER (part 2)

Coastal Georgia RC&D recently opened
the "Jack Kingston Conservation Center,"
in Richmond Hill. Congressman Kingston
was honored for his dedication to Water
Conservation.

Coastal Georgia RC&D is directly
responsible for the "Cape Program"
which reduced your fire insurance
ISO rating from 9 to 4. This resulted
in tremendous savings to you. Now
Coastal Georgia RC&D needs your help.
In the budget process in Washington
their funds are being eliminated. As the
supply of fresh water increasingly becomes
a problem we need their services. Write
to the following asking for their support
in finding RC&D.

U.S Senator Saxby Chambliss
U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson
U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510

Congressman Jim Marshall
502 Cannon House Office Bldg
Washington, D.C. 20515

Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
503 (Same as Jim Marshall)

Congressman John Lewis
343 (Same as Jim Marshall)

Congressman Tom Price
506 (Same as Jim Marshall)

Congressman John Linder
1026 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington. D.C 20515

Tell them to continue funding
Coastal RC&D.Thank You
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GATEWAY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
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Gateway Behavioral Health Services
announces that they have created a new
job program for the developmentally
disabled in St. Marys. They have
opened a bottling plant which has several
contracts with companies and is looking
for more, for information Contact
Beth Schmitt at 912-437-9354.
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TRANSPORTATION ISSUES
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State DOT has scheduled a meeting
to look at transportation issues
thru 2035. Meeting will be on
Monday, June 6 at Coastal Georgia
Cener 305 Faith St. Savannah, Ga
Time: 5-7 p.m. For info call
912-651-2005.
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Decision reference $10,000,000.00
giveaway to JDA postponed till
June 21st meeting of County Commission.
BE THERE ITS YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!!!
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Question: Does JDA have to follow
normal competitive bidding practices
that the Cities and the County are
required to do? Please email us at
oilseal@tds.net. Any info would be
appreciated.
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Question: How are we (Taxpayers) going
to pay for the $175 million
(175,000,000.00) in projects discussed
in 2005/2006 budget? Not to mention
the administrative costs of $681,000,000.00
in 2005/2006 budget.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
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Mr. Tact writes about County Development:
A couple of weeks ago (5/11), the Tribune
& Georgian ran what was arguably the
best editorial I've seen in the nearly twelve
years I've been here. It was entitled
"Time to Take a Big Step Back." It read,
in part:

"The tsunami of development is about to
inundate Camden County, with 5,500
homes set for the northern end of the
county, alone. It's up to all of us to dictate
the terms to the developers, rather than
have it the other way around. To begin
with, we all have to demand that the
county and the various cities all require
that developers pay their own way here
in Camden County.

No more government subsidies and
corporate giveaways. No more stalling
to let projects get underway and be
'grandfathered in' under old and lax
regulations. The canard that developers
will go elsewhere if we make it too
difficult or expensive for them here in
Camden County no longer has any merit,
because the developers don't have anywhere
else on the coast to go. Camden County is
one of the final coastal areas that is
relatively untouched, and we can be certain
that developers are slavering to get at us.
Let them come; but they will come on our
terms."

That is, of course, right on the money. It's
all the more remarkable for its insight if,
as I suspect, it was authored by Jonathan
Maziarz, the obviously ballsy young editor
who has been on board for, what, less than
a year?

Now comes today's (5/27) T&G front-page
story, "Commissioners split on how to
manage growth," by staff writer,
Mark R. Dorolek. Your cited remarks are
equally on target and your points well taken.
Then comes Camden County Commission
Chair, David L. Rainer. With regards to his
opinion, the article reads as follows:

You have to look at what you already have
done, and I think that we will have to do
some things a little bit faster if the growth
comes as fast as it has been projected,'
said David L. Rainer, chairman of the
board of commissioners.
Rainer went on to say tougher regulations
might scare off development.
'I don't want to do anything that would hamper
the people who are providing quality homes,'
said Rainer. He said the commissioners would
have to stay ahead of the growth and would
adjust their regulations to meet the needs of
the county."

You know, my anthropological curiosity is
really piqued. Sandy, if you have the time,
could you get with Martin Gillette and publish
the addresses of all of the polling places from
which the Herrin-Rainer-Rhodes troika is
elected. I'm going to make a November field
trip to see the critters who keep electing these
people. Those current GEICO TV ads, with the
insulted cavemen, come to mind.

On another matter, thanks to Denise Taylor
for letting me know that neither the sausage
factory nor the glue factory are in business
any longer. If my suspicion is correct that
Walmart, not our JDA, was the actual
recruiter of Express Scripts, then the current,
net number of jobs "produced" by the efforts
of the JDA in at least the last twelve years is
ZERO! How's that for a return on investment
of literally millions of our tax dollars?

Hang in there.

Ruben Gomez writes about state of County:
At the County Commission's meetings, in too
many occasions I have witnessed Commissioner
Herrin openly expressing his undying support
for the local builders and developers. Now
comes Commissioner Rainer with his peculiar
remarks, as reported on May 27th by the
Tribune & Georgian: "I don't want to do
anything that would hamper the people who
are providing quality homes". Who are these
two men serving? the builders and developers
or the people of Camden County?

If construction codes, zoning codes, fees and

procedural requirements are made more stringent,
as they should, it would certainly force those same
mediocre builders Mr. Rainer is talking about
out of the market. On the other hand, if during
the five years ahead we experience even half of
the projected and expected growth of 80%, the
demand for new homes and commercial space
will be so large that builders from elsewhere will
flock uninvited into our area, it is just a simple
fact in the Law of Offer & Demand.

In closing, we the people of Camden County have

not only the right but also the duty to select,
recruit and elect those citizens who can best
represent us, and as such, we need commissioners
with the adequate knowledge, talent, vision and
dedication to lead us ahead in this coming and
unavoidable growth period. Those commissioners
who are incompetent and/or inadequate should
be terminated by popular demand or even
impeachment if necessary, otherwise, we will get
exactly what we deserve: LESS THAN NOTHING!

M. writes in reference to Chairman Rainer:

A competen person ran against D. Rainer and lost.

Mr Rainer is an educated man, educator, and has

lots of friends and family. Now from what I read,

he is not open to new ideas, nor does he care about

his home. I can only think there is somethin else

that I do not see. A Master Plan is a must.

G. writes in reference to Water:

This is my opinion on the sale of water rights to

the now defunct mill. Water rights like mineral

rights convey with ownership except some cities

have ordnances saying that the water belongs to

the city (taxpayers) and any property transfers

that occur after the passage of the socalled water

rights bill, does not transfer water rights. So I

don't know what goes on there. Now here is my

bottom line: That water belongs to all of us just

as the air we breathe. Imagine some individual

owning the water and hateing you?There is some

attorney out there trying to make a buck on this

for his/her client. I hope there are more here,

looking out for our good!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sandy Sez: Policy change for June and

July only! We will publish on Friday only,

so our volunteers who make this publication

possible will be able to enjoy the summer.

Wednesday publishing will return

August 3, 2005.

Sandy Feller

County Commissioner, District 4

"Working for the future without

forgetting the past."

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

JACK KINGSTON CONSERVATION CENTER

Coastal Georgia RC&D recently opened
the "Jack Kingston Conservation Center,"
in Richmond Hill. Congressman Kingston
was honored for his dedication to Water
Conservation.

Coastal Georgia RC&D is directly
responsible for the "Cape Program"
which reduced your fire insurance
ISO rating from 9 to 4. This resulted
in tremendous savings to you. Now
Coastal Georgia RC&D needs your help.
In the budget process in Washington
their funds are being eliminated. As the
supply of fresh water increasingly becomes
a problem we need their services. Write
to the following asking for their support
in finding RC&D.

U.S Senator Saxby Chambliss
U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson
U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510

Congressman Jim Marshall
502 Cannon House Office Bldg
Washington, D.C. 20515

Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
503 (Same as Jim Marshall)

Congressman John Lewis
343 (Same as Jim Marshall)

Congressman Tom Price
506 (Same as Jim Marshall)

Congressman John Linder
1026 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington. D.C 20515

Tell them to continue funding
Coastal RC&D.Thank You
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GATEWAY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
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Gateway Behavioral Health Services
announces that they have created a new
job program for the developmentally
disabled in St. Marys. They have
opened a bottling plant which has several
contracts with companies and is looking
for more, for information Contact
Beth Schmitt at 912-437-9354.
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TRANSPORTATION ISSUES
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State DOT has scheduled a meeting
to look at transportation issues
thru 2035. Meeting will be on
Monday, June 6 at Coastal Georgia
Cener 305 Faith St. Savannah, Ga
Time: 5-7 p.m. For info call
912-651-2005.
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Decision reference $10,000,000.00
giveaway to JDA postponed till
June 21st meeting of County Commission.
BE THERE ITS YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!!!
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Question: Does JDA have to follow
normal competitive bidding practices
that the Cities and the County are
required to do? Please email us at
oilseal@tds.net. Any info would be
appreciated.
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Question: How are we (Taxpayers) going
to pay for the $175 million
(175,000,000.00) in projects discussed
in 2005/2006 budget? Not to mention
the administrative costs of $681,000,000.00
in 2005/2006 budget.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
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