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Letters to the Editor for Week of 1-14-08

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RING OFFERS EXPLANATION OF STAFFING

In response to recent Hotline calls regarding the number of people employed in the Grayson County Administrator’s Office and the gender of the employees, I find it necessary to offer an explanation of each employee’s responsibilities and duties.

First of all, the number of men that report directly to the Grayson County Administrator is 21. The number of women employees is four.

In a perfect world, the zoning administrator and building department would not be housed in the county administrator’s office. However, due to the lack of adequate office space, this is necessary.

Two of the four women employed by Grayson County are department heads. This leaves two women who handle the payroll, billings and secretarial work of the county administrator, the building inspector, the zoning administrator, animal control, the recreation director, the board of supervisors and the public works department.

In response to the concern about salaries, the current six people who work out of this office make less than the five people who worked out of this office four years ago.

If anyone has concerns about county employment, they are extended an open invitation to come by and discuss our employment situation.

William D. Ring

Grayson County Administrator

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BILLING ISSUES NEED TO BE ADDRESSED

This is concerning the Fairview water system serving Grayson County, and its billing department.

From the very beginning, close to 20 years now, everything from meter reading, billing and service were good, with no problems. But since the start of 2007, there has been nothing but problems.

First of all there were no bills for five months. We were given one excuse after another, depending on who you talked too. No one told the same story.

Just how long does it take to correct any problem?

This was just the beginning. You never know when to look for your bill, and when you do get, you wonder if it’s really correct.

Three weeks ago, the meters were read. No bills yet. Several citizens have called and we all have been told different reasons for the delay.

One man was told that his bill was on the desk and it would be mailed the next day. He has yet to see his bill.

This is the runaround that we are getting.

To the citizens of Fairview: if you don’t have the water, you don’t want it until the problems are solved.

Lora Jean Schuyler

Galax

Editor’s note: Grayson County Administrator Bill Ring said initial problems resulted from software for the water system going down. After putting bids out and receiving new software, the device used to read the water meters went down. The county bought a new device and was told it was programmed and ready to go, but after reading several meters and returning to download the information, it was determined that the device was not programmed and had stored no information. Ring said that after getting the device programmed, accuracy was restored and bills should be arriving on a normal schedule again. The system Grayson uses is not used by many others, which caused the delay in obtaining the software and device. Ring said he appreciates the patience of the people affected.

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FOURTH-GRADERS NEED HELP WITH PROJECT

The fourth grade at Aviston Elementary, located in southern Illinois, is learning about the United States and the different environments, climates, resources, and highlights found in each region.

The kids in the class think it would be fun to receive postcards, souvenirs, resources or any information about our great country, from each of the 50 states.

We hope that people who read this letter will be interested in mailing our class items pertaining to their state.

Our address: Fourth Grade @ Aviston Elementary, 350 South Hull Street, Aviston, Ill. 62215.

A sincere thank you to anyone who is able to contribute! We appreciate the excitement you will add to our learning experience.

Mrs. Niemeyer

Fourth grade teacher

Aviston, Ill.

Editor’s note: This letter was signed by about 40 pupils.