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County's 'due diligence' questioned

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When the Carroll County complex was built in 1999, specifications for the fence around Carter Cemetery changed at the last minute.
The contractor purchased wrought iron gates as the original specs called for. The county paid $1,800 for the gates and stored them for several years.
A year ago I inquired about the gates. With rising metal prices, the gates would be worth about $3,000. I got an answer after three months that the gates were hauled away with scrap chain link fence. I pointed out this was not true. Why would anyone haul new gates to a scrap pile?
At the January supervisors’ meeting, I spoke to two supervisors and urged them to ask for a law enforcement investigation.
I received a letter [saying] the school system took the gates, changed them into gigantic chainlink gates and sold them as surplus. This took place 12 to 14 years before the county bought the gates.
The letter said due diligence had been served and I could consider this a closed subject.
Some years ago I met with county officials when a fence job I bid $2,300 on ended up costing the county $5,600.
I was told no taxpayers’ money was involved. I was asked to figure what my profit would have been and the county would pay me.
Not sure what accepting the money would have involved (silence?) and not wanting to accept taxpayers’ money for work I did not do, I declined.
A couple of years ago a group of Carroll employees were paid $20,000 in back overtime. It appears someone forgot what constituted overtime.
Before last year’s election, Carroll announced it had 150 jobs on the way. After the election, the jobs vanished as quickly as they appeared.
There is one connecting thread to all this. No one seems to be paying attention. When a problem comes up, there is unwillingness to deal with it.
We just lurch from one problem to the next.
With the next public problem, it will be declared that due diligence has been served and it will be declared a closed subject.
Markel Cochran
Hillsville