Well it appears that Joel over at The Daily Times missed me (or something that I bring to the meetings) while I was gone. When was the last time that the paper reported on the front page that a commissioner was “conspicuously absent from the meeting?” “Hugs” to Joel Davis and the people at The Daily Times.
The focal points of the Mayor’s picks for the Budget Committee and the Purchasing Commission should have been his hesitation for fixed rate financing and the purchasing problems within county government, rather than Hannum’s habitual tax delinquency. I wrote about the Mayor’s agenda here and the purchasing problems here. However, these issues don’t make for good front page headlines.
The people of Blount County understand though. People routinely write me about the county debt. My inbox had about two dozen emails asking commissioners to vote against Sharon Hannum and a couple to split the Budget Committee and Purchasing Commission. None were in support of Hannum, or continuing status quo with the two bodies.
For a change your voices weren’t totally ignored. A victory was achieved. Blount County will now have a Purchasing Commission that is separate from the Budget Committee. Let us hope that the new members will work to achieve better purchasing protocols for the taxpayers of Blount County.
Despite being absent from the commission meeting and having never said Hannum’s name in public, (The Daily Times noticed and reported that as well) the political machine of Blount County was rattled. Hit dogs holler the loudest. To the political machine I say, don’t hate me because The Daily Times reports some of what it reads on this website.
Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today,
I wish, I wish he’d go away…
When I came home last night at three,
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall,
I couldn’t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door…
Last night I saw upon the stair,
A little man who wasn’t there,
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away.
“Antigonish” (1899), Hughes Mearns