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WASHINGTON COUNTY NEWS & UPDATES 12/3/23


THINGS TO KNOW:


NO QUORUM COURT COMMITTEES MEET THIS WEEK. COUNTY SERVICES HAS BEEN COMBINED WITH FINANCE & BUDGET AND WILL BE HELD 12/12/23 AT 6:00 PM


STILL NO APPOINTMENTS TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COMMITTEE. Committee has been shuttered since October. We have 704 people in our jail as of 12/1/23. 129 of those are on bonds of $10K or LESS. 89 of those have bonds of more than $10K but less than $30K.


JOBS EVALUATION SALARY ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM (JESAP) met Monday afternoon. New rules for county employee sick leave policies were unanimously passed out of JESAP, will move on to the QC. You can read them here starting on page four. These passed pretty much with very little discussion. If you’re a county employee, or know someone who is, please reach out to me if you have questions or concerns about the policy changes.


WASHINGTON COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY meeting as Thursday afternoon. This meeting was not posted on the county calendar. You can watch the meeting on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/live/hceMOiRIcsI?si=KcBs2YCniMSs5WYR


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WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK


ALL MEETINGS ARE IN PERSON ONLY - if you wish to participate. Meetings will be live streamed here: https://www.youtube.com/user/washcoar but, unfortunately, the county does not allow public participation by those online.


WASHINGTON COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION will meet Tuesday, 12/5/23 at 9:00 am at the Washington County Courthouse (not the Road Department). This will be the candidate ballot draw.


WASHINGTON COUNTY PLANNING BOARD meets Thursday, 12/7/23 at 5:00 PM, Washington County Courthouse Quorum Court Room. In person meeting only. The agenda https://drive.google.com/file/d/12rxaZKktZ2VHU8ZbQCHcCrs7NinI_EQB/view?usp=sharing includes two variance projects and six land development permits. I’ve received several calls from concerned citizens regarding the CDS Motorsports CUP. They are concerned about storage and transportation of racing fuel on the property. Applicant Mel Collier. Property located at 16139 E Black Oak Road WC 57, Fayetteville.



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We NEED Your Help!

  • STILL NO PUBLIC ACTION TO APPOINT MEMBERS TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COMMITTEE. Continue to ask Judge Deakins to appoint members to the CJCC and to do so immediately and take necessary steps to see the CJCC is properly appointed and operational. The CJCC wants to bring a pretrial services program to the quorum court for funding, but it must exist in order to do that or anything else.

  • Contact your JP and set up a time to meet them for coffee or just to get together. Become a regular voice in their ear and urge them to vote for criminal justice reform and be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. I write this each week, but it really is important. That’s how I got started advocating to the court back in 2019. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. CAN YOU TAKE AN HOUR OR TWO AND MEET WITH YOUR JP AND SHARE YOUR CONCERNS OR COMMENTS, OR WHATEVER YOUR THOUGHTS ARE.

  • Share this Newsletter with your friends and neighbors!

  • Write letters to the editor.

I welcome your questions and comments, also suggestions you have for any county related business. You can reach me at ejcoger@gmail.com or text or call 479-306-9994.

Here’s the link to email addresses and telephone numbers for JPs, County Judge, and others.

See you at the courthouse!


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