As of Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
While reading about the recent two-day strategic planning session held by our Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners ("BOC to consider code of conduct," May 15, 2A), the thought came to mind that perhaps such sessions are where exorbitant ideas are formulated. One of which was the idea tossed around about Neighborhood Improvement Districts to allow people in residential areas to band together to fund improvements.
Supposedly, the Neighborhood Improvement Districts would function much like Community Improvement Districts. Unless I am mistaken, CIDs were allowed to be created by an Act of the Georgia General Assembly. I know of no such legislation on the books that (heaven forbid) would allow for the creation of NIDs. The only improvements that come to mind would be those of public safety and public works, which are the core services provided by county government. To pass such improvements in either via way of NID's would be akin to our Board of Commissioners abdicating the throne, so to speak.
There was another issue raised at the planning session that I find real troubling, almost to the point of being comical. You would think that Gwinnett's residents have apparently elected Commissioners of such questionable ethics and judgment that they need a "code of conduct" to guide them in the execution of their elected duties. Such a Code of Conduct would be appropriate for students and young adults to provide guidance that perhaps they have not received at home and I, for one, would be embarrassed if my elected public officials felt they needed this type of guidance. As I look at the age spectrum of the members on our current Board of Commissioners the one thought that would come to mind in reference to a proposed code of conduct is that if their moral compass is not pointing true north at this late date, it probably never will.
James H. (Jimmy) Orr Jr.