Political Puffery

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Phil Smartt in his 1/25/14 posting stated that he was on the front line of the fight against annexation, that the WWTA's board decision to cede the sewers in annexed communities had a greater effect than any other effort to stop forced annexation, and that by taking this action made it cost prohibitive for the city and if the city could not provide sewer service the communities could revert back to the county.
All these statements at best can be described as political puffery that demeans and ignores the grass roots work of the people in the affected communities.

Fact 1) The Hamilton County Residents Against Annexation held many informational community rallies. Numerous members of County Government were there to speak,as well as provide counsel and support. Mr Smartt chose not to be involved.

Fact 2) What stopped the annexations in their tracks for years were the 12 lawsuits filed in 2009 by the residents and HCRAA. Mr Smartt was not involved.

Fact 3) In October 2009 HCRAA began lobbying County Government members to have the WWTA cede the sewers to the city. This was done for two reasons: a) it was the right thing to do as the costs for bonds, maintenance, manpower,and additional sewer lines might cause the City  to rethink their actions. And b) if they were not ceded the city was off the hook for the entire sewer provisions as outlined in the Major Inter Local Agreement. The ceding of the sewers was finally accomplished in December of 2009. Mr Smartt was one of the many involved.

Fact 4) Mr Smartt met with then Mayor Littlefield to advise and discuss the issue. The City to this day is still litigating the reimbursement that WWTA wants for ceding the sewers 

It is a sad moment when one who was there on that front line for years sees the hard work of the people being usurped by an individual for political gain.

Ken Carey
Hixson

Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

Roy Exum: Every Child Must Watch This

In the course of my day, I read different websites, am sent all kinds of neat videos and I love the jokes I get. But when I logged onto my ever-bulging email account Thursday morning, I happened across the scariest, most terrifying video I have ever watched. There is a website I check called “Atchuup” that boasts “cool stories daily.” Some are pretty good but this one nearly knocked ... (click for more)

Trustee To Be Appointed To Oversee Hutcheson Medical Center Bankruptcy With Focus On Sale Of Fort Oglethorpe Hospital

A trustee will be appointed to oversee the bankruptcy case of Hutcheson Medical Center with a focus on getting the financially-strapped Fort Oglethorpe hospital sold. The U.S. Trustee's Office had filed a motion asking that the bankruptcy be dissolved due to the debt rising to $6.3 million since the bankruptcy was filed last November. However, all parties finally agreed it was ... (click for more)

Civic, Political Leader Mai Bell Hurley Dies At 87

Civic and political leader Mai Bell Hurley has died at age 87. She was the first woman to serve on the Chattanooga City Council. Ms. Hurley was also a longtime advocate for the arts and a leader in United Way. She was a leader in Chattanooga Venture that led to the redevelopment of downtown and the riverfront.  She most recently served on the Library Board. ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Bounces Back By Whipping Chargers, 39-10

Needing a win after suffering an overtime loss to Tyner last week, Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish quickly found themselves trailing visiting Chattanooga Christian on Friday night at Jim Eberle Field. No sweat. The Irish simply cleaned up their act in the second half. As a result, Notre Dame wiped out a 10-7 deficit by scoring 32 straight points as senior quarterback ... (click for more)

Unbeaten East Ridge Stops Signal Mountain, 35-10

At least for one Friday night, it was shades of great East Ridge runners Charles White and Rodney Ballard. Current East Ridge junior Traneil Moore rushed for 132 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns to help the Pioneers rally for a 35-10 win against Signal Mountain in a high school football game Friday night at Baylor. Playing this home game off campus due to the home ... (click for more)