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The Hickory Withe Community Association met on Thursday, July 7th. President Bob Munns opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Elected officials and visitors were recognized along with many candidates running in the upcoming election. This meeting was to honor and show appreciation to the fire fighters and first responders from district 10 and 14. All enjoyed an excellent pot luck dinner with spaghetti from Colletta's being provided by the association.
President Munns called the meeting back to order and attended to the business of the association. The treasurer's report was approved and is attached, along with the minutes of the June meeting.
Olan Swaffer, from the Nomination Committee, presented the slate of officers for 2016-2017. The slate presented consisted of the same officers now serving: President, Bob Munns, Vice President, Jane Mitchell, Secretary, Joann Allen and Treasurer, Becky Sue Evans. No nominations were made from the floor. The slate was approved.
County Fire Chief, Jerry Crawford, was introduced and gave a talk about his career that started in Fayette County and now looks like it will end in Fayette County (but not too soon we hope).
Following Chief Crawford, Fayette County Commissioner, Homer Bunker, gave a talk on the national rise of the cost of education and the role that the NEA has played in this.
The August meeting of the association will be moved to the second Thursday (Aug. 11) due to the election being on the first Thursday. Early voting begins Aug. 15-30 and will be in Somerville only. Everyone was encouraged to do their duty and VOTE.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
Joann Allen, Secretary
July 7, 2016
Well, here we are with another month gone by. Summer normally represents vacation time and, naturally vacation zips by very quickly. Even in summer months, we continue to take care of County business for you.
The Commissioners passed our 2016/2017 budget at our June 28th meeting. We see that as progress, because it is supposed to be passed before the old budget expires on June 30th and no one remembered it ever being passed on a timely basis before. In fact, last year it was passed in November and we operated on a carryover budget until that time. This was approximately the 25th year since there has been a tax increase in Fayette.
I attribute this timely budget to the responsiveness of our new school officials. Our schools receive over 60 percent of the funds, in this county. Even while new on the job, they quickly assessed their needs, for the coming year, and responded to the Commission's request for them to provide us their budget, so we could reconcile it to our County revenue, which made it possible for us to complete our budget on time. I am very pleased with Superintendent King and Mr. Harvell for their efficiency in getting this done. Their efficiency in getting a handle on the finances of the schools has given them the opportunity to provide several new and challenging programs in the classrooms, give raises, including teachers, upgrade school buildings, buy some new buses and add some needed staff. Additionally, this fall they are offering the Arise2Read program for our students. Several churches are signed up to provide volunteer tutors to students who need help with their reading.
Don't forget the State Primary/County General election coming up on August 4. Please do your duty and vote. Early voting begins July 15 through July 30. There are no satellite offices, so you will have to go to the Election Commission office, in Somerville, to early vote. Early voting times are Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM. On August 4th, the polls are open from 7AM to 7PM.
Lastly, there are some very extreme and harsh things taking place recently, in our wonderful Country. Unfortunately, many people in leadership don't have viable answers as to what needs to be done to begin solving our problems. Our second president, John Adams said, "There is no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion", and I wholeheartedly agree with him. Until such time, let's all be careful and aware of our surroundings as we go about our daily activities.
It is a pleasure serving you citizens of Fayette County.