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Friday, December 07, 2007

Former Commissioners have Historic Meeting!

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This was one of the best meetings I've attended... Commissioners came out of retirement for a special engagement of the Guilford County Strategic Planning Initiative. There was more substance discussed in this 1 1/2 hour meeting than you can imagine. Schools; taxes, transportation; economic development; growth; etc. I may have extended comments later.

Commissioners in attendance included: Bob Landreth, Mike Barber, Dot Kearns, Wally Harrellson, Walt Cockerham; Mary Rakestraw, Phyllis Gibbs, Richard Maxwell, Odell Payne, Fred Pryor, Joe Wood, Doug Gaylon, Forrest Campbell, Bob Shaw, and Chuck Winfree.

Quick Points:
* Milk toast government is not the right way to go and Guilford County government is not in that category--Mike Barber
* Guilford County needs to engage the talents of the local university system--Chuck Winfree
* Mental Health issues are crucial and need to be a priority--Forrest Campbell
* What makes this planning effort different than all the others put on the shelf?--Bob Landreth
* Guilford County should take care of its greatest resource, its employees--Joe Wood
* There needs to be more done on issues of substance abuse. We have made some progress, but not nearly enough--Wally Harrelson
* The congeniality of the Board of Commissioners has been an issue for some time. Does Guilford County need an 11 member Board?- Richard Maxwell
* Fed Ex is going to be an engine for growth in the Triad. We need to preserve the land and land use in the area to help facilitate that growth- Walt Cockerham

4 Comments:

  • Thanks Mr. Cockerham!

    How can we preserve a big chunk of land for the future?

    Haw River State Park

    By Blogger Citizensforhawriversp, at 11:14 AM  

  • Parks and the rezoning case were not mentioned in the meeting. The rezoning case should make for one hum-dinger of a commissioner meeting! I also hope the commissioners consider placing another local parks bond on the ballot in May 2008!

    By Blogger Jeff L. Thigpen, at 5:49 PM  

  • The absolute best thing we can do for our schools, is to get new forward-thinking blood on our school board. Plain and simple.

    By Anonymous E.C. Huey, at 8:52 AM  

  • There was a significant discussion regarding the school system. From funding and policy, to school construction.

    I'm sure there will be a number of candidates filing to run in 2008!

    By Blogger Jeff L. Thigpen, at 2:41 PM  

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