When questioned or challenged, Walker County’s leaders show their true colors.
They’re not used to dealing with public scrutiny, and they’re terrible, terrible people, as evidenced below:
Last week a citizen attending a Water Authority meeting suggested it’s unethical for the Sole Commissioner to appoint her friends like John Culpepper to multiple powerful boards.
Commissioner Heiskell, here acting as board chair, ended the public meeting for becoming too public after Culpepper cursed Aleq Boyle for daring question him and said his 40 years as Chickamauga City Manager is all the ethics training he ever needs.
Near the end of his time as Chickamauga’s manager, Culpepper was caught by LU illegally putting up Bebe! campaign signs in his city vehicle on city property. His response to that unethical behavior was almost identical to his response to the meeting question: maybe I did break the law but I don’t care. A giant “f-you” to ethics and voters.
Culpepper’s backwards ethics are exactly why he SHOULDN’T be on the Water Authority OR Hutcheson panels, but make him valuable to Commissioner Heiskell – he’s blindly loyal to her (right and wrong be damned) and will follow her lead instead doing the right thing for taxpayers and water customers.
As the meeting guest pointed out, it’s unethical even if technically legal in ethics-challenged Georgia. Sole Commissioner county government at its finest.
Speaking of non-responsive, arrogant government…
Months ago the county announced plans to rent the former Covenant Bank / Stearns Bank building in Rock Spring, for $60,000 a year.
That’s now off the table.
Instead, Commissioner Heiskell will BUY the building outright and remodel it, for about $880,000 – still claiming it’s needed because the old tax office is “nasty.”
Heiskell still blames the state for this, but as the article says “..county officials say they were going to buy the bank building anyway.”
Regardless of her phony baloney excuses she’s gonna buy what she wants to buy, taxes and wishes of the people be damned. $880,000 of your money, from the taxes that just went up. And you can’t do a single thing about it.
(Meanwhile the county owns an office building in downtown LaFayette it purchased about five years ago, and is renting it to a business for a couple grand a month.)
Sole Commissioner county government at its fi… hopefully you get the point.
Busy few days for county EMT, fire, and law enforcement teams:
LifeForce was called to a Browns Hollow Rd. address (off Halls Valley Rd towards Trion) after an unidentified woman attempted suicide with a gun. Her name was not released and her condition was not updated as local law enforcement and media generally do not share details of suicides or suicide attempts.
Around 8:30 Saturday night emergency crews responded to an accident on Lake Howard Road. Sole occupant of the vehicle said he fell asleep; no injuries were reported.
Then on Sunday, fire fighters found themselves battling three blazes at the same time: A barn fire on Lookout Mountain off 157, a brush fire on Mill Wee Hollow in Rossville [depicted at left], and an escaped leaf burn off West Reed Rd. The West Reed fire reportedly started back up this morning, along with an outbuilding fire at the Church of Christ on West Main in LaFayette.
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