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November 1, 2010

Sounding Board, 10-31-10

Ada — “With the upcoming elections, here is a food for thought for voters. In school, children are taught reading, writing and arithmetic. In our political world we need men and women who are honest, frugal and original.”

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“A couple of weeks ago you ran an article about the bridge on Country Club north being open soon. I stopped by there last week and it looks like it is done to me. They were doing landscaping around the bridge, putting turf in. I asked how soon the bridge would be open. They said a month. I don’t understand why if the bridge is done it is going to take a month to open. Everything is done except painting lines on the concrete.”

B.C. District 1 Pontotoc County Commissioner Gary Starns said the bridge is nearing completion. However, when work is completed the bridge cannot be opened until final inspections are made by ODOT and the bridge contractor.

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“Many elderly are critized for speaking about the 'Good Old Days.' In the good old days when people ran out of money they quit spending. We can’t say that about our government today."

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“I am wondering why they have a speed limit on Farm to Market Road if people don’t observe it. When you try to go 40-50 miles an hour and the speed limit is 45, they go around you going about 60 or 70. There is never a Highway Patrol or cop anywhere to be seen trying to make people observe it. When people try to observe it they act like you are holding them back. It is ridiculous.”

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“I read in the paper where they gave  a city employee a contract and didn’t give any of us contractors any kind of deal. They called it an emergency situation. All they had to do was call couple of contractors and they would have given a bid on the job. I think it is a conflict of interest."

B.C. According to Gary Starns, Pontotoc County Commissioner District 1, the district attorney granted the commissioners the right to evoke an emergency clause to make repairs before the rainy season. The commissioners received telephone quotes, followed by written bids, from three contractors for the repairs. The commissioners accepted the lowest bid.

Starns said waiting 14-21 days to publish legal notices soliciting bids and then waiting for a contractor to start the job would have risked more damage to the parking lot if rain water had gotten underneath.

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