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Finish street before longer subdivision

We are totally surprised that our city fathers are thinking of establishing another 200 city lots near our Burningtree subdivision, as they have yet to complete Burningtree Drive into the area where this new subdivision is being planned. The first half of this project was completed several years ago, with storm sewers, curbs and gutters, with the rest promised the next year. City Councilman Gary Hammon seems to have no problem in building a 3,760-foot road to this subdivision. However, I do not see any reference to completing the remainder of Burningtree Drive as promised. The city needs to complete the present infrastructure before adding 200 more lots and more vehicles to this incomplete section of road.

Also, there are vacant lots are for sale on Tomahawk Trail.

William Achenbach


Library director just doing job

I am surprised THE DAILY printed the article by Sheryl Marsh about the library director, Sandra Sherman-McCandless, meeting with the Morgan County Commission. Ms. Marsh zeroed in on a small part of the librarian's proposal — a 5 percent increase in staff salaries if money is allotted.

THE DECATUR DAILY has always promoted the library, and Barrett Shelton has personally given the library numerous generous gifts over the years. Yet, the slant of this article implies that the librarian's appearance before the Commission was self-serving.

Ms. Marsh should have emphasized the real news: The library is running on 36 percent less than the Morgan County Commission gave it 10 years ago.

Decatur is fortunate to have Sandra Sherman-McCandless as its director. She is doing an excellent job. One of her responsibilities is to prepare and present a budget to the commission and to the Decatur City Council.

Since the Morgan County Commission was planning to cut the library amount another 8 percent after a 13 percent cut last year, Ms. Sherman-McCandless thought the public should know this. The subsequent letters to the commissioners did not please them.

Instead of addressing the issue, the commissioners reacted by attacking Ms. Sherman-McCandless. Their concern was that their neglect of the library had been made public.

The letter to the public and her report to the commission were well-researched and accurate, not "inappropriate," as one commissioner stated. I think the commissioners were rude to someone who was merely doing her job.

I think the commissioners owe our librarian a public apology. But the best thing they can do is appropriate the needed funds.

Carol Trimble


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