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OPINION: Davison County headed in wrong direction

The purchase of the Central Electric building by the county has really upset and disturbed me. I voted against it in a 4-1 vote, at a price of $575,000. On Nov. 16, 2010, Auditor Susan Kiepke handed out her opinion on a bonding issue she was not ...

Jerry Fischer
Jerry Fischer

The purchase of the Central Electric building by the county has really upset and disturbed me.

I voted against it in a 4-1 vote, at a price of $575,000.

On Nov. 16, 2010, Auditor Susan Kiepke handed out her opinion on a bonding issue she was not in favor of. She said we didn't need to build a $2.4 million building. The auditor was in favor of buying the Central Electric building instead. Why?

I had contacted some contractors who said for roughly $500,000 to $600,000 we could have a new building of 5,000 to 6,000 square feet on our own property to serve and have the county health nurses and our maintenance shop in one new building. Nobody would take my findings into consideration. They wanted (big) totally a waste of taxpayer money. We could have had a bond issue for a reasonable amount and at the time had cheap money, 2 to 3 percent with a 40 percent forgiveness from the government, a one-time offer at the time. We could have saved our money on interest. Taxpayers' payment was around $123,000, same as the fairgrounds, paid off in 10 years. The fairgrounds are now paid for.

Commissioners had voted to proceed with Mr. Dick Fredrick's company, but somehow the paperwork didn't get done and the time ran out, nobody followed up on the progress, which was to be done by the Auditors' Office.

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So here we are now buying a 50-plus-year-old building with 3.91 acres and taking it off the tax roll, which is roughly between $1,000 to $15,000.

We had just town down the old Tower Building that was a money pit, so now where are we going?

Here is another thing that bothers me. An appraisal was done Jan. 5, 2011. Then an asbestos inspection done Jan. 1, 2011, then in my working with Mark Puetz and the task force we could not proceed without an asbestos inspection. On May 22, 2012, we made a motion to have Geo-Tech do an inspection; suddenly an asbestos report shows up that was sent to the auditor Jan. 21, 2011, on the commission day, May 22, 2012. Nobody mentioned anything about an inspection that had been done. I believe we have a lack of communication for some reason. It looks bad.

This is the conclusion to my thoughts: Tore down old building, bought old building, took it off tax roll, we will have to start over, untold remodeling costs for nurses.

I wish the commissioners would have given my thoughts and findings and proposal a better look.

I believe my proposal was a better deal for the Davison County taxpayers now and in the future.

Our roads are in need of repair. Where are we going to get the extra money headed the direction we are heading now?

Jerry Fischer, of Mitchell, is a member of the Davison County Commission

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