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No, CD, humor is not a difficult concept for me. Matter of fact, I enjoy a good laugh. However, the issue of storm water pipe materials is no laughing matter with me. I am sick and tired of seeing the recommendations which were made by our staff members with professional credentials (ie, P.E./civil engineering) in the Gwinnett County Dept. of Water Resources (GCDWR) on proposed changes to the pipe material standards on pipe used for storm water conveyance being overrode. I detest to see those staff members stood down knowing that their recommendations would have been in the best interests of both the county and the taxpayers.
Our next Storm Water Authority meeting will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 2, 2012, in the Training Room of the GCDWR Central Facility located at 684 Winder Highway, Lawrenceville, GA. Our meeting is open to the public and as with all such meetings, including the Gwinnett County Water & Sewage Authority, the public should make every effot to attend and determine if their tax dollars, or in this case storm water runoff fees, are being used wisely. All you have to do is sign in at the front desk, sign your name to a stick-on vistors name tag, and advise the receptionist that you are there to attend the meeting of the storm water authority. The receptionist will grant you access to the secure part of the facility and direct you to the training room. I trust that you and others reading this comment will attend. The authority, in my opinion, needs more public input. I look forward to seeing you there. James H. (Jimmy) Orr, Jr.
No, CD, "cardboard" pipes would be a dismal failure as was your comment. However, there are cheaper, more realiable, pipe material alternatives.
James H. (Jimmy) Orr, Jr.
The BOC should likewise task the Gwinnett County Storm Water Authority, a body created by an Act (SB 147) of the Georgia General Assembly, to make a recomendatioin as to which pipe material and/or materials used by developers for storm water conveyance, which have a proven track record of realiability, long term longivity, and cost efficiency in maintenance, would best benefit those who provide the funding which, as you well know, are the taxpayers in unincorporated Gwinnett County, GA and incorporated Lilburn, GA.
This business of county staff in the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources apparently being overridden by outside interests (as far back as August 2001) on their (county staff) recommendations to make changes in the pipe material standards for storm water pipe installed by developers has got to come to a screeching halt. The last dollar amount I heard that was needed to replace known failing storm water pipes was $360 million dollars.
James H. (Jimmy) Orr, Jr. Member - Gwinnett County Stormwater Authority
Vote NO to keep from creating another layer of bureaucracy in an already bloated state government. John Barge & Company already have the vehicle in place to create charter schools. NorcrossDot "shucked the corn" when she stated that we need to abolish the Federal Education Department. AMEN, AMEN, & AMEN! Federal edicts dictate that we teach our kids to test and not to learn. Why? Education dollars received from the Feds is determined by test score results as per Federal guidelines. Bottom line? Vote NO on the proposed constitutional charter school amendment.
Jail'em all. The long and the short and the tall. Keep looking until you turn over every rock which those snakes of the two legged variety have been hiding under. Like JReagan stated in his post, all 800,000 of we citizens are victims and will continue to foot the bill for years to come for the unethical behavior by those in whom we put our trust.
Although the Mill Creek football Hawks executed a flawless game plan to perfection, once the game got underway, the game in itself in my opinion paled in comparison to the brief pre-game ceremonies to honor a great man, educator, and leader by officially naming the Mill Creek football field "Markham Field" as an everlasting tribute to Dr. Jim Markham.
As I watched the game between Mill Creek and Dacula, I could not help but observe all of the students who were present in the stadium Friday evening thinking that no matter what their level of participation was on this Friday evening, August 31, 2012, that perhaps one evening in the future many of these students, now grown, will sit in this same stadium, observe the sign beneath the scoreboard which reads: "Welcome to Markham Field," and remember the indelible impact that Dr. Markham made in their lives.
Don_Coyote, dentaldawg83, notblind, BuzzG, your e-mails say it all. Put all four together and same would come close to winning a Pultizer prize for outstanding journalism. BuzzG, allow me to somewhat paraphase your last sentence and say, "This guy "ain't' got a clue."
If you think this lawsuit indicates the need for Tort reform, this one pales in comparison to the woman suing the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones saying her behind was badly burned while sitting on a black marble bench outside Cowboys Stadium. Her claim is that the black marble bench was sitting in direct sunilight on a hot August afternoon before a Cowboys scrimmage last year in which, according to a weather official, the temperature that day reached a high of 101 degrees. The woman claims she didn't know the extent of her burns until after receiving medical attention and claims she underwent skin grafts. Now here is the proverbial "kicker" the lawsuit says there were no warnings about sitting on the benches in hot weather. I agree with Mack & Coyote that we need Tort reform.
Don_Coyote you are exactly right. Deregulation was aimed directly at the Atlanta Gas Light Company. I still contend that the playing field should have been leveled for any new pipelines built by Buford Natural Gas outside the incorporated city limits of Buford. This would have meant that Buford Natural Gas would have been in the mix as was AGL. Buford Natural Gas should have been required to offer their customers in the new serving areas the choice of natural gas suppliers. The municipalities being allowed to be "grandfathered" and operate as monopolities is/was akin to what bulls drop in pastures. There had to have been high politics involved in such a decision. If the PSC is worth spit they will remedy this situation.
BuzzG, the deregulation of the natural gas industry in Georgia was somewhat complicated (my opinion) when it came to creating the proverbial level playing field. It seems, if I understood correctly, that when deregulation was initiated that Atlanta Gas Light Co. could not install any new pipelines in areas in which there was no existing natural gas service. These areas were to be left open to natural gas companies with pipeline installation capabilities such as Buford Natural Gas. Install pipelines and install pipelines they did well beyond the incorporated city limits of Buford, GA. The one thing that I could never understand is why Buford Natural Gas did not have to offer customers served beyond the incorporated city limits of Buford the option to choose their natural gas suppliers such as GA Natural Gas, SCANA, Walton EMC Natural Gas, etc. Keep in mind that from day one of deregulation, Atlanta Gas Light had to allow the customers on their pipelines their (customers) choice of natural gas suppliers. I can understand Buford Natural Gas not offering their pipeline within the incorporated city limits of Buford to outside suppliers. They hold the franchise, so to speak, for natural gas provisioning within the City of Buford. However, from day one of deregulation I am of the opinion if the powers that be wanted a level playing field, they should have required Buford Natural gas to play by the same rules that Atlanta Gas Light was playing by and offer any new pipelines built outside the city limits of Buford to other gas suppliers to customers on those new pipelines. FYI, whether by an Act of the State legislature or whoever, Atlanta Gas Light is now permitted to build new pipelines in areas where there is no existing natural gas service. Yes, it would appear that Buford Natural Gas does have a monopoly outside the incorporated city limits of Buford, GA.
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