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Disastrous plan

SoVaNow.com / September 28, 2017


Dear Viewpoint:

Thank you Barbara Bass, Carl Espy, Jack Dunavant, Bill Confroy, P. K. Pettus, James Gordon and all the other concerned citizens who have spoken publicly at Board of Supervisor meetings, written letters and contacted their respective supervisors to suggest local leaders re-examine what many consider the disastrous renovation of our historic courthouse.

Ms. Bass, speaking as a tax payer, was the first to question why the supervisors had not consulted the general public before engaging architects, preparing to borrow millions of dollars, and kept all architectural plans hidden. Taxpayers should also know that Ms. Bass was the first to inform the public that there was no “gag” order as leaders referred to, to prevent supervisors from discussing this important process with citizens.

After following the many efforts of these outstanding community leaders to question not only the absence of public input and the unappealing blueprints to “encase” a historic landmark in a “plastic wrapper,” but also, the lack of foresight for public parking, accommodations for challenged citizens, and the expensive plans for temporary quarters, what kind of leadership do we have that simply does not follow up, answer or do anything when citizens take the time to bring such problems out in the open?

Just this past month, a group of Turbeville residents appeared before the board to demand that green boxes be returned to a local area—even when many Turbeville residents didn’t want the problems that the former dump site had experienced. Well, guess what? The boxes are back! Maybe if a thousand citizens who don’t want their taxes raised tremendously for the ruining of our courthouse showed up at a board meeting and peacefully asked that the process be restarted with citizen input, the supervisors would say “ok.” You think?

A Concerned Citizen,
Donna Strange

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