Bus System

4-ROUTE BUS SYSTEM APPROVED

4-ROUTE BUS SYSTEM PASSED 3-2

Well, I am sure you have heard by now that a 4-route bus system did pass this week by a vote of 3-2.  Those Commissioners who voted in favor of accepting a $4 million CMAQ grant (over the next 3 years) as “seed money” for the 4-route system were Commissioner Chair Jackson-Jones, Vice Chair Kelly Robinson, and District 1 Commissioner Henry Mitchell.   Commissioner Mulcare and I cast the dissenting votes.

Although this may have been a surprise to many, I had held on to the hope that since Commissioner Mitchell had been so appalled and publically critical of the “back-room” deals taken by some to change the original 2-route system into the now 4-route system, that he just might not go along with it.  However, when the latest version of the routes was revealed to the rest of us on the BOC just 2 weeks ago, my hope began to fade as it was apparent that the newest route was almost entirely in the Lithia Springs’ area of his district!

Back in 2015 when all this began, our main objective and about 95% of our public dialogue was about providing transportation for the seniors and the disabled.  The majority of those who came and spoke before the BOC from all areas of the county stressed the need for this service, even up to the day of our vote. That had been my objective all along, just as it had been for a couple of others on the Board.  However, Commissioner Robinson is quoted in the August 9th Sentinel as saying  “Traditionally, seniors and disabled needs were only being met in Douglas County but NOW a more inclusive set of citizens can partake….such as Millennials, part-time workers, one or no car owners”…    Somewhere he changed his objective and persuaded others to go along with him.

Before the vote, I proposed rather than the BOC accepting the grant for a system estimated to cost $2 million a year to operate from this day forward, we initiate a dial-a-ride system, similar to what Carroll County recently adopted.  With this program, a person would reserve a ride within 24 hours to and from any location within Douglas County for a reasonable fee and would allow pick up at their home.  This would have provided service at a much cheaper price tag to any Douglas County citizen who did not have transportation. The now adopted program does not serve anyone in the western or the southern parts of the county although we will all help pay for it.

I am writing this to keep you informed and ask that you continue to monitor this issue.  Yes, I am disappointed and somewhat concerned about adding $2 million to subsequent budgets.  However, it is done.  This is a huge project to bite off at one time and the citizens must demand that those steering this project must be forth-coming and transparent with them.

 

WATCH FORUM ON BUS SYTEM

Although we had good turnout at the Open Forum the other night, the weather played a major factor in prohibiting those who wanted to come and were intimidated by the evening storms.  I have included a link for those wanting to view all or part of the meeting via computer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYsScyj-BAE

OPEN FORUM ON BUS SYSTEM

FORUM

 

I have called for an open forum to explain to the public the pros and cons of the changed bus system and routes.  The vote on the routes and the grant, as of this writing, is set for August 7, at the BOC 10 AM meeting.  This forum will be filmed and distributed to try to allow the public amble time before the vote to talk to their commissioner one-on-one concerning their preference.  There will be no open mic to the public at this coming meeting….only written questions from the public to be answered by both sides of the issue. 

                DATE:                    TUESDAY, JULY 31

                PLACE:                  DOUGLAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, CITIZENS HALL

                TIME:                      6 PM

  • All commissioners have been invited.
  • Questions about the new proposed system and routes will be submitted in written form from  the audience.
  • Each Response will be limited to 2 minutes.
  • There will be no rehashing over past events….
  • Attacks on either side directed at the commissioners, staff or attendees will not be allowed.

·         Maps and handouts will be distributed on what is proposed now.  It must be noted that some of the 4 routes highlighted at the recent meetings conducted around the county have changed.  The new proposal was brought to the BOC this past Monday.

·         We will attempt to answer as many questions as time allows, but the meeting will end NO LATER THAN 8 PM.

CMAQ GRANT VOTE POSTPONED (BUSES)

n a surprise move today at the Board of Commissioners’ Work Session, yet another plan for the buses was presented.  When I get all the information on it, I will pass it along to you.  Nevertheless, the vote on the CMAQ grant has been removed from the tomorrow’s  Agenda and has been postponed to a later meeting.  As of this posting, the new time and date has not been passed along to the Board members by the Chairman, but as soon as I know something, I will send out an alert!  Needless to say, there was a heated exchange over this last minute tactic.

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JULY 2018

FORMER CORONER, RANDY DANIEL, DEFENDS HIS PAST SERVICE

Randy Daniel addressed the Work Session of the Board of Commission, rebuking Chair Ramona Jackson Jones for her remarks about how he conducted his office while serving as the County Coroner.  His remarks begin around the 6:45 minute mark on the following link:

DISTRICT 4 - NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2018

2018 ELECTION - UNOPPOSED

I am SO-O-O HAPPY to announce that I have no opposition for District 4 Commissioner!  I am greatly humbled by the confidence the citizens of Douglas County have shown me.

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY

BUS SYSTEM DOCUMENTED

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

NEWSLETTER DISTRICT 4 - JANUARY

PUBLIC BUS SYSTEM - MY OPINION

Douglas County CANNOT afford or need a full-blown transit system with 4-routes, 2 of which actually travelling outside Douglas County into Cobb and Fulton counties.

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