At the recent Hamilton County Commission meeting on Wednesday, July 21, much heated discussion centered around infrastructure needs of the county, specifically the condition of the roads. Most of the discussion centered around state roads in high traffic locations.
Tim Boyd, who always does his research, summarized the problem best when he said, "The builders and developers are not responsible for the condition of the roads, the government is responsible for the condition of the roads." This statement could not be more true.
We are very fortunate to have unprecedented job growth in Hamilton County. It stands to reason that people follow job growth. If the opposite were true, we would have a decline in population. As a consequence of positive growth, our infrastructure demands in high traffic areas are struggling to keep up with demands as our population rapidly expands.
As demands are placed on our infrastructure, specifically our roads, combined with rising fuel prices, transportation costs are at an all time high. Major employers in Hamilton County such as McKee, Volkswagen, Amazon all know that transportation costs are a major component to the cost of their product and ability to compete in a global market. I believe Greg Vital is the logical choice, combined with his positive relationship with the East Tennessee delegation, to approach and lobby the Republican majority in the State House to make the necessary changes needed to solve the Hamilton County transportation issues in high traffic areas.
As a job creator, and business owner Greg is all too familiar with controlling costs by investing in our future. I know Greg Vital as a successful business man, a negotiator, and a lifelong resident of Hamilton County. Greg loves Hamilton County and his community and will fight tirelessly to represent the people in District 29 State House.
I hope you will join me in voting for Greg Vital in the primary election on Tuesday and more importantly in the Sept. 14 general election.