• Tue. Nov 29th, 2022

Support Martis for the departmental commission

ByChad J. Johnson

Jul 10, 2022

The political ads of the current County Commissioner for District 7 (Jim Goetz) claim that “Infrastructure development is economic development.” But he never defines the development he has in mind.

Perhaps he’s referring to the massive pay-to-play (Project Phoenix) elite athlete facility in Tecumseh? Temporarily suspended, Phoenix’s budget stands at $90 million. It must be primarily paid for with county taxpayer funds and supported each year with even more of our money. Mr. Goetz has staunchly supported this project with every vote cast, despite overwhelming opposition from voters — and he continues to do so.

Or maybe he means blanketing thousands of acres of prime Lenawee County farmland with utility-grade solar and wind installations. He also supported these developments despite overwhelming opposition from voters.

Or maybe he means the maintenance of county roads as “infrastructure development”? The county recently received more than $19 million in COVID relief funds from the federal government. The Lenawee County Road Commission only asked for 10% of that sum to compensate for their actual revenue losses due to the pandemic lockdown. But Mr. Goetz sided with Chairman David Stimpson in rejecting the proposal. Instead, he supports placing $10 million of the $19 million in the Phoenix Project!

And further, Mr. Goetz voted to defund the county’s economic development agency, Lenawee Now, simply because they dared to demand a more detailed review of the project’s finances!

There are far bigger issues and priorities for county taxpayer funds – the first responder network, the sheriff’s office staff, and the critical infrastructure of our roads, bridges and water supply systems – just to get started.

The choices of August 2 to represent and work for District 7 folks couldn’t be clearer. Kevon Martis has spent the past 12 years working successfully with various groups across the state to ensure residents’ issues and desires are the top priority. These skills would be a critical and timely addition to the county commission.

Roger Johnson

Township of Deerfield