December 20, 2007
Letters to the Editor
This letter is to address the clarification of the status of BDC Consultants and the role the company plays in the community. BDC is the company that was mentioned for weeks in the letter to the editor section involving the board of supervisors giving monies to a private entity for workforce services.
I feel I need to fully give the citizens of Holly Springs the details and scope of services and let the citizens not be confused about the program.
For one, the company is a private, non-profit. Two, no one is charged for any services rendered. Three, the program was created to give the citizens of Marshall County a resource in seeking job opportunities and to remediate their skills to help qualify them in filling job opportunities and training.
We have computers and assistance to anyone seeking jobs and training opportunities. We also take all applications for the fairly new company, Lund, that has recently located in the industrial park. Doing this and filling local job vacancies with local companies was a way to help companies in their search for trainable employees, which is needed in the area.
This will also help the growth of our economy and companies retention rates and to remain located in Marshall County.
I know a lot of the citizens have visited my office and utilized what is offered.
In addressing the discussion of asking the supervisors for assistance, it is only fair that through your tax dollars, to support an entity that is the only one of its kind within the city or county that offers these services, free of charge, to serve the taypayers.
Please note that you do not have an Unemployment, Employment or WIN office located in the city or county. The citizens have no resources or office to address the void left by the absence of those offices. You will have to travel 40-50 miles to Desoto County to the WIN Center.
It is very hard for citizens without a job seeking help and without transportation to get there. Please note that we have a population of 38,000 citizens or more and the failure in providing these services by the leadership of this county is unacceptable.
Please also note the county contracts private work all the time. Excuses are easily made. We elect supervisors thinking that they would have the concern of the citizens in which they serve in mind. Now we know that is not always accurate.
Please note also that there was one supervisior, George Zinn, who did have the welfare of the people in mind and I personally thank him for the concern.
So please, when the election comes around again vote wisely. Also as a taxpayer in the county, we are in need of these services for the growth of the community so that citizens of Marshall County can have a better quality of life.
Betty Yates/BDC Consultant
Responding to response:
Thanks to Mark Guillory for his response to item #3 in our last letter concerning our confusion with the action of the Marshall County Board of Supervisors on issues affecting all citizens. Mr. Guillory enlightened all of us on the relationship of the Marshall County Board of Supervisors and the privately owned Marshall County Fair Association.
Mr. Guillory indicated that the Mississippi State Legislature approved the tax dollars’ use for the privately owned Fair Association in 1995. He did not indicate that the Legislature mandated the use of such taxes. It appears that the decision is left with the board of supervisors.
The MCCC Coalition would like to know if the board’s policy on paving private property has been changed to accommodate the fair association.
In the face of a tight budget, and the constant need to improve county public roads and bridges, we hope that tax dollars will continue to be used to promote Marshall County citizens in the public area.
W.A. McMillan Sr.
Not fair to the customer:
(Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to the Holly Springs Utility Department and also delivered to The South Reporter for publication.)
To Whom It May Concern,
We received our recent utility bill on Dec. 12 at 4:30 in the afternoon. The due date is Dec. 20. Eight days is not enough time for the customer to get a payment to you on time.
We should have at least 15 days out of the month to get the payment to you and you would have the same amount of time to send the statement to us.
Our meter was read on Nov. 20 and the bill for this reading was received on Dec. 12. You used 25 days out of the month to get the statement to us. This is not fair to the customer.
Our Oct. bill was mailed Nov. 17 and you charged us a late fee. This has happened many times. I sent you a letter in the summer about changing the due date. No reply was received from you. Maybe you depend on the late charges to increase your revenue?
Let me hear,
Holiday production great:
I would like to say that the production of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’ performed by the kindergarten and first grade classes at Marshall Academy on Thursday night, was one of the best things I have seen there involving elementary students in a long while. It has really gotten me in the spirit!
The costumes were just great and the props were wonderful. All of the children performed so well and could be both seen and heard!
Thank you to all of those who worked so hard.
I look forward to next year’s production and many more to come from this great collaboration of people involved!
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