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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
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  • As a tax payer of Pulaski county, I object to the spending of a amount of $5,700 to buy and install three old fashioned street lights which produce only enough light to light a small room.


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  •   As a tax payer of Pulaski county, I object to the spending of a amount of $5,700 to buy and install three old fashioned street lights which produce only enough light to light a small room. The person or group who installed the clock on the square was paid for individual donors which is good. However, the city of Waynesville told the County Commission they would use a ditchwitch to dig a small trench that would not leave the landscape destroyed. They showed up with the largest backhoe with a two foot bucket, removing tons of soil. And for basically an extension cord, the cord was pigtailed into the old courthouse for the county taxpayers to pay for the electricity as long as time exists. Nothing but a vocal agreement was made. The results were to this day a sunken trench can be seen. Would I be better if a contract is drawn up on all outside work explaining who does the work and how? The three lights the courthouse commission bought and the expenses occurring to install will have little practical effect on safety. The county courthouse lighting has been reworked with good results.  The total expense to install these lights besides the light cost of $5,700, with cost of installing and restoring the landscaping could run into tens of thousands of dollars. Who pays for what? As a Pulaski county tax payer, I would like to know or be given a legal contract of the work being don to install three lights so I can better understand how the Pulaski County taxpayers money is being spent before it is spent.  No public information has been given. Has a legal contract been drawn up? Please note: The request to install these lights comes from the Waynesville downtown improvement committee which is a private concern and not the Pulaski County taxpayers request. In summing up what will be spent for what, and by whom, the Pulaski County taxpayer must weigh in on what is to be gained at at what cost. To be gained is three decorative lights requested by a private committee to the County Commission. The cost to fill this request is high. The Commission has released no amount of money and where and how the job will be done. The cost of restoring courthouse taxpayers' landscape is not publicly known. Were bids given to contracts? If the value of these lights have little meaning except decorative, why is this project going ahead? It is being requested by private interests so what value does it have to the tax payer? None with the exception of political gain.  Finishing with this thought, would the other township county taxpayers like to have some of their tax money back so they could promote their township?   Melvin Hensley Waynesville

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