Only one (1) bare paragraph appeared in the St. Johns County Commission agenda backup material backing as proposed $7.6 million expenditure under ARPA:
One of the eligible uses for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding is for workforce training. Eligible capital expenditures in ARPA include facilities such as job training centers or similar institutions that provide critical upskilling or reskilling. Impacted and disproportionately impacted households as well as unemployed and underemployed workers experienced negative economic impacts of the pandemic. First Coast Technical College (FCTC) under St. Johns County School District offers this type of workforce training and other adult basic education. In consultation with County staff, the administration of SJCSD is proposing a new Southwest Campus of FCTC to meet the unmet workforce training needs in the southwest of the County. The project could be a partnership between SJC and the SJCSD via utilization of ARPA funds to help with construction costs of the new campus.
That was it.
It's our money, and our $71,000+/year County Commissioner solons are shallow and uninformed about budget matters.
While CHRISTIAN (sic) WHITEHURST campaigned for County Commission pledging to fight government waste, there is no evidence of his ever doing so.
- There is standing water inside the Hastings High School and underneath it, too, according to maladroit School Superintendent. Hastings has been neglected for years.
- There has been no mold or asbestos evaluation,
When I spoke about this to the County Commission last week, linking it to the moldy mats ti which SAHS Wrestling Team members were subjected, St. Johns County Commission Vice Chairman CHRISTIAN WHITEHURST, interrupted and heckled me, aided and abetted by mt friend I. HENRY DEAN, Commission Chairman, who threatened to have me removed by our Sheriff's deputies. DEAN relented when County Attorney DAVID MIGUT pointed out that my rights to public comment had been violated.
They also tried to silence SAHS parent Gene Griffin, a construction contractor with an engineering degree. Mr. Griffin and I were invited to return in non-agenda public comment. He did so, and Chairman Dean promised to call the School Board Chairman. about SAHS' moldy wrestling masts.
But the damage to our democracy by the corrosive effect of Dull Republican nattering nabobs of negativism. who would rather fight public comment than allow it to be robust and uninformed uninhibited, as our Founders intended.
- Pray for Commissioner CHRISTIAN WHITEHURST.
- Pray fo9r Commissioner HENRY DEAN.
- Pray fior Commissioner JEREMIAH RAY BLOCKER.
Uninformed unethical County Commissioner CHRISTIAN (sic) WHITEHURST and his constant interruption of citizens speaking out about our government and our community are demeaning and beneath the dignity if a free people.
Enough flummery, dupery and nincompoopery from unjust stewards in our local governments
From St. Augustine Record: