DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JAN.2

IMPORTANT MEETING

WHEN:                MONDAY, JANUARY 29TH
TIME:                  6:30 PM
WHERE:              DOUGLAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE
                             CITIZENS’ HALL

WHAT:                CHAIR-WOMAN ROMONA JACKSON JONES
                             TOWN HALL

PROPOSED BUS SYSTEM WILL BE ONE TOPIC DISCUSSED

MORE ON  "BUS" SYSTEM (15 PASSENGER VANS)

As stated in my earlier Newsletter regarding the “Bus System”, the original intent of the BOC has been from the beginning since 2016 to address the lack of mobility of the senior and the disabled population.  The original resolution issued in 2016 was to START with the SMALLER recommendation from the Transportation Study (Estimated cost of $500k capital and $100k Operation and Maintenance) to accomplish this goal.  The discussion has been to initiate 1-2 looping routes inside Douglas County since the resolution and up until October 2017. What was to be a “pilot program”  changed when MARTA was brought to the table by Commissioner Robinson.

Commissioner Kelly Robinson, Chair of the Transportation Committee, secretly plotted for ARC (Atlanta Regional Commission) to set up a meeting between MARTA and DC staff without the knowledge of our staff, his committee members, or the Board of Commissioners.  As a result, the application for the CMAQ grant was RECENTLY amended with the submission of a SUPPLEMENT that added 2 more routes; one going into Cobb County and another traveling to the HE Holmes MARTA station IN Fulton County. This Supplement was never presented to or approved by the Board of Commissioners.

Commissioner Robinson has continually stated to the public and to the BOC that there would be public meetings to determine the routes.  However, at the January 9th BOC meeting, I asked Director Gary Watson (Multi-Modal) point blank if Douglas County is awarded the grant and the BOC accepts it, would we be obligated to adhere to the 4 routes.  He stated we WOULD BE OBLIGATED TO THE 4 ROUTES, with some tweaking. Again, more deception.

I seriously doubt if the original plan to provide mobility to seniors and the disabled would cause any degree of contention among the public.  The BOC intended to start small, as we would with any major program that would impact the budget to this degree.  We planned on further looking at a “dial a ride” or flex-bus system that could pick this population up at their door!

I OPPOSE accepting the CMAQ grant as it is based on deception and is NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ORIGINAL RESOLUTION THE BOC ISSUED IN 2016.  I have been told that Commissioner Mulcare opposes anything involving more than the 2 routes originally planned.  If the BOC accepts this grant, we have accepted the 4 routes included in the application.

YOUR VOICE IS IMPORTANT.  bdofcommissioners@co.douglas.ga.us