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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2007
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Fair Board is fair; letter writer isn’t

To The Daily: In response to Aaron Potts’ letter concerning the noise at the Morgan County Fair, I am reminded of a news story I saw a few years ago. A family bought land and built a house next to a pig farmer. After moving in, this family was at the county commissioner’s office, complaining and wanting the county to create an ordinance to make the farmer shut down his pig farm operation because of the smell.

Unbelievable. Maybe a little due diligence was in order before they bought land and built. The same holds true for homeowners living near the fairground.

As for his comments about people on the fair board, I doubt very seriously if Mr. Potts knows anything about these people other than that they don’t agree with his point of view. I do, however, know these people and can tell you they would bend over backward to help someone. They have a job to do and that is to put on another great Morgan County Fair that many people, young and old, enjoy and look forward to every year. Moving it way out to some rural location might help with the noise problem, but the attendance would surely suffer.

And by the way, if anyone else is interested, the members of the Fair Board are unpaid volunteers.

Neil Talley
Decatur

Mobile impoundment system could work here

To The Daily: In reference to the story on towing unlicensed and uninsured motorists vehicles: I worked for several years with a towing company in Mobile that had the towing contract for the city of Mobile. The city charged $75 for each vehicle towed and $10 per day storage.

Mobile has its own impound yard where all the vehicles are taken. In order to redeem your vehicle, you have to show proof of ownership (title to the vehicle or a current tag receipt or a current title application). Bills of sale older than the 20 days allowed by law are not accepted, nor are they accepted without the title, unless the vehicle is not required by law to have a title.

We were not allowed to require that the owner show proof of insurance as we were not the “insurance police.” They had to prove that they had acquired insurance when they went to court. Vehicle owners who did not have a driver license were required to bring two licensed drivers with them: one person to drive them there and the other person to drive the vehicle away from the yard. The vehicles were auctioned off after a period of three months.

Another lady in the office and I were responsible for doing the auction paperwork so the buyers could acquire titles on the vehicles if they wished to. Those who did not wish to get titles were given bills of sale. This system seemed to work out very well for the city.

Susan Pollock
Theodore

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