The RHATT Pack Watch
Today is Thursday, February 28th, Day 309 of the Rhatt Pack Watch.
Each year the Florida Legislature is in Session for about two months. In preparation for this Session, each Member of the House and Senate schedules local Hearings in which they ask their constituents about their issues and needs. Generally Counties, Municipalities and Sp[ecial Districts use this opportunity to discuss funding needs, issues with the Statutes and More.
Often Local Citizens raise issues which they believe can only be addressed by the State. Earlier this Year, Senator Montford and Representative Brannan held a joint hearing for Hamilton County in Jasper. This year was much the same with about a hundred residents and officials in attendance. A number of residents and officials spoke about serious health related problems due to poor water quality associated with repeated spills at the Valdosta and other Wastewater Treatment Plants in Southern Georgia. As you are aware contaminated Wastewater is a source of Escherichia coliform. From the health issues described, it’s likely that the 0157:H7 strain has migrated into the well and drinking water systems throughout much of the County. 0157:H7 causes fever, bleeding, kidney failure, confusion and seizures which were among the illnesses described by various speakers.
Additionally, several residents brought up the lack of social services, health services, affordable housing and more in Hamilton County. Other residents raised the issue of Local Option Fuel Tax revenue Statutes and their implementation. Additionally they asked that White Springs use of LOFT funds be reviewed to ensure all actions being taken by the Red-face Ratt, his “Gang of Thugs” and his “Out of Towner” Lapdog “Just keep paying me” Tebow are in compliance with the intent of the Legislature. Several Officials spoke on various legislative issues that are expected to be before the Legislature at some point during this year’s Session.
Both Senator Montford and Representative Brannan began taking action on all of the requests that came before them at the Jasper hearing. Following a normal protocal, each assigned a staff member to review the issues and identify all of the options and opportunities to achieve a successful resolution of the issues raised.
After a few days, the Staff and Member met to discuss progress. In Senator Montford’s office,one of the initial courses of action was a request to the Florida Attorney General’s office to provide insight and opinion on the proper use of LOFT funds given the behavior by White Springs. Apparently, a response to Senator Montford’s request is being prepared.