For years our Town has spent money for non-economic development. We have a concrete park, an amphitheater that may be used only during the folk festival with no parking and nothing tangible for those who are unable to afford good housing or improvements. I am thankful for Mayor Bullard’s demand that low income housing be included with Councilman Miller’s request for money for the I-75/136 project.
Our Land Development Regulation Codes have to be revised and inserted into the LDR Code per Mr. Koberlein. He felt its back to 1998 since the LDR Code has been re-typed.
Joe said he would like to go through the ordinances and Shirley Heath said she had it coded to the tune of $10,000 when she last was interim Town manager; It was stated as if he is a criminal for having applied. It could only happen in White Springs. However, no one could work with the book the way it was written. One would expect that there would be a book with all ordinances, those which were repealed and those which replaced them. Yet she has not made that available to Joe or I to review.
I can’t understand why most of this leg work could not be done by staff, so the scary thing is….I am going to apply as a volunteer of the Planning and Zoning Staff. Now, even though I have some great organizational and analytical abilities, having been involved with friends who are venture capitalists, I am not certain I would be considered since the Council has to choose or vote on volunteers. Even the Camel Club said I did not stand a chance in Hades and I applied for only one position and that would have been temporary because of my age.
The Town of White Springs has made it quite clear even in the last Summary Judgment of the positions Joe has applied for and how he has never been elected or accepted. LDR’s would be right up his alley, but he would ever be considered. After all even when logical and factual complaints come before the Town (i.e. Lawyer expense not required if a Federal Attorney is hired i.e; Helen Miller’s e-mails on her personal server should be the Town’s property since attorney fees were paid for her responses (See the news on Hillary Clinton)..
Just drive around Town and you will see many homes in disarray. Broken Steps, no guardrails, no appliances, wood rotting, roofs requiring work, etc. etc. Some of these homes are resided in by single family income holders who may be on welfare social security or some form of disability assistance.
We need to get involved with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity or others where many of us may volunteer by repairing or rebuilding. We have many young people in town who I am certain can handle a hammer and nails who could assist in this endeavor and it is time that we all helped our neighbors.
There are also many beautiful homes in the the midst of those needing dire repairs. It is time beautification meant housing which is not falling apart.
I still believe the I-75/136 corridor project is pie in the sky and the more I hear about it, the more that it makes me sick. We are worrying about a Tri-county development, which will bring us no benefit, but rather benefit to Suwanee and Columbia Counties.We wish to provide the funds for academic engineering through the Florida Competitive Partnership and once the work is done, the other counties may just secure our information under a 119. That may be the only thanks we get. So what if we dropped it! It makes no sense whatsoever and no one will drive the three miles into White Springs to help our economy unless it is a festival they are coming to see. Former mayor Miller has made herself known through various organizations and I believe it is her dream to be far more involved in politics. But what has been done? How many promises have been broken? You can’t just start projects and let them drop if there is a need.
Why haven’t the former mayors and town managers realized our citizens have some needs. It finally took Rhett Bullard to try and do something for the citizens. He is the first mayor ever to do something or try, with a council that doesn’t seem to care.
Hamilton County in itself is the poorest county in Florida and White Springs probably the most impoverished. We have been lucky to have the Potash Corporation but must look to much more than economic development. But even the economic development we have done and are considering is pie in the sky to the needs of the citizens. We need some low income housing if the LDR’s are ever enforced.. And if they are enforced, there can be no special treatment for some and no special treatment for others.
We need to then contact businesses which may consider moving into White Springs….not the I-75/136 Corridore. We need perhaps a small factory (whether hydroponics; a printing silk-screening facility; whether a call center or some other development inside of our town or an area next to our town which we may annex.
Foremost, we need to assist the people of our town by securing low income housing for which HUD has specific requirements and or rentals which would be handled by the Housing Administration.
Let’s watch the Council drop my applications as a volunteer as well as the alternate budget summary Joe has completed. We will keep you apprised. I cannot blame Rhett Bullard when there are four others who may outvote him. Those who are not with him include (1)”I am the only one who can make decisions well, and I will sermonize the hell out of you is you do something I don’t like or complain about Miller”; (2)”The Griffins belong in prison (3) I don’t keep my word and you can’t hold me to any of my lies and (4) I’m not real smart but I can really fabricate some lies and tell everyone how bad the Griffins are.