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

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