The Stanly County Candidates Forum last Wednesday evening proved very informative, not so much for what two candidates said, but maybe what they didn’t say.
Incumbent County Commission Candidate Tony Dennis and current County Commissioner Gene McIntyre, who is a candidate for the North Carolina State Senate, reported on varied accomplishments, and rightly so, of the Stanly County Commissioners.
What neither Dennis or McIntyre elaborated on was the Stanly County Commissioners cuts to local education or the lack of jobs created and economic development created during any time that they have been a County Commissioner.
They both tried to soft pedal the Stanly County Commissioners dispute with ALCOA and APGI. Tony Dennis did say “The whole intent from the very get-go - the reason I started this thing - was not as far as the licensing was concerned, it was over pollution that I knew about.”
Maybe so; however, the Stanly County Commissioners have been concerned with water table and well water pollution since at least the early 80’s and probably before.
It was that concern that brought about the Western Stanly County Water Line from Albemarle to Locust not Badin!
Although it seems the Stanly County Commissioners want to claim their dispute with ALCOA and APGI is a regional and state concern, but it’s the taxpayers of Stanly County that have paid the $5+ million dollars spent by them on legal and professional fees, etc.
Through August 16th, 2012 the Stanly County Commissioners have spent $4,997,154 local tax dollars chasing this ALCOA and APGI rabbit.
From August 16th, 2012 to October 4th, 2012 you can add an additional $22,155 taxpayer dollars spent bringing the grand total to $5,019,309 local taxpayer dollars. Now, remember, this figure represents invoices paid by the County Commissioners, it does not include office incidentals or the salaries for staff time spent so far on this dispute.
The breakdown of the new $22,155 of local taxpayer money spent this last research period is as follows:
• $8,730 to Spiegel & McDiarmid for a grand total of $838,704 • $6,974 to iDiscover for a grand total of $7,924 • 6,451 to Parker Poe & Adams for a grand total of $3,054,441
In closing, remember “One-Stop Early Voting” begins this Thursday, October 18th, 2012 in Stanly County at the Stanly County Commons, 1000 North First Street in Albemarle. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am to 7:00pm.
More will follow soon on Stanly County Satellite and Saturday “One-Stop Early Voting” dates and hours.
Addition voter information and dates can be found on the website www.stanlycountydemocrats.org.
FORMER CHAIRMAN, STANLY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
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