Central View closing addressed at county commission meeting

Central View closing addressed at county commission meeting

SPARTALIVE/May 24, 2018 7:38 AM

The closing of Central View Elementary school was one of the topics at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday night.

After approving several motions, including the name change of a road in the Fourth District, and disbursement of the solid waste disposal fund, the chairman of the board, Stanley Neal, opened up the floor to the audience. Dewayne Howard, claiming to represent Bondecroft Elementary school, stepped up to the microphone to speak.

Howard read from his notes and spoke of a hypothetical scenario about a fictional board member who made the wrong decision about saving money. He then compared this scenario with the decision that has been made to close Central View Elementary School.

“I am not here to attack anyone personally,” stated Howard. “(The Central View community) has been violated and their school has been murdered.”

Halfway into his allotted three-minute time span to speak, Neal interrupted Howard and asked him how much longer he estimated his address to be. Howard said he did not have much longer to go. He then asked the commission if they had any objections to him continuing his speech. After responding that they had no objections, Howard went on to suggest that, as long as Central View is on the chopping block, the commission should consider suspending any budget votes. The commission did not respond to Howard’s proposal.

In other business, State Representative Paul Sherrell, of White County, addressed the committee next about Bill HBO268, which would allow volunteer firemen and volunteer rescue squad members to receive free license plates in honor of their service.

“I am here tonight to ask you to help these folks, to see if we can’t get rid of this wheel tax on their license plates,” said Sherrell. “It isn’t to help me but to help those folks that are out there working for you and I and don’t receive any money for it.”

The commission did not respond to Sherrell’s request other than to thank him for what he was doing. Neal then called for any old business to be addressed to which there was none, then for any new business, and there was no response.

A call for adjournment was given and the meeting was concluded.

City board says no to shutting down Liberty Square for July 4th event

City board says no to shutting down Liberty Square for July 4th event

SPARTALIVE/June 25, 2018 1:01 PM

Concerned residents spoke to city officials Thursday in an attempt to garner an answer as to why the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen denied a permit for a July 4th celebration in downtown Sparta.

Candidate for White County executive, Jim Ward, addressed the board about his desire to close the Sparta square for a Fourth of July celebration. Ward stated that he was addressing the board to get an answer to why his parade permit was turned down during the June 7, 2018, board meeting.

“The Fourth of July is our nation’s birthday,” says Ward. “The freedom and luxuries we enjoy have been paid for countless time on battlefields all over the globe, and I, as a constituent, would like to see the council apply more diligence and focus to the Fourth of July celebration.”

After Ward spoke, Tanya Rust approached the board as well. She explained how she came from a smaller town out west that is smaller than Sparta and that the local government there found time to include the community to celebrate the Fourth of July.

“We live in a nation right now where a part of our history is dying every day,” said Rust. “Our monuments are being torn down, and our school systems are editing school books to leave out parts that are uncomfortable to some folks.”

Dr. Chad Griffin took the microphone to reply to Rust and her husband, Wendell Rust.

“Wendell, I know you and Tanya well, and we worked together when we were involved in Discover Sparta,” said Griffin. “Our concerns were about closing off the streets. We didn’t have a problem with what was happening. We were just concerned that the city would have to sponsor this if we closed down the streets.”

Griffin went on to explain to Ward and the Rusts that if the city sponsored an event like closing down the streets for a private Fourth of July celebration, it would set a precedence for the city to sponsor every private celebration involving shutting down the Sparta square.

The mayor wished the parties well in their endeavors and reminded them that the board would still not endorse closing the square down for a private celebration.

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