I attended the county commission and town council meetings on Monday. I
learned that when we elect officials, our job is not done. They need our
support and appreciation as well as criticism. We can do this by being
visible at the meetings. We can feel their frustration of having to
depend on other state agencies and also of lack of money to take care of
We can also look them in the eye as they vote, to remind them that
they are representatives of the people. It is also easier for them to
make decisions when more minds are participating.
Mayor Blankenship and the town council have accomplished a feeling of
togetherness in just four months. There is a time of voluntary prayer
before each meeting is called to order. Hostility seems to be
decreasing. It is evident that our mayor has his heart in his job.
The council is willing to help residents find ways to improve their
properties and solve their problems. Discussion was more courteous at
the meeting, with citizens showing their willingness to give and take.
All want to be a part in making decisions, not just a select few. They
seemed to be saying, “Let’s get together and make things happen.”
More townspeople are taking part in the clean up days. Churches are
participating. More folks are donating equipment and funds for blacktop.
As we go on, we must remember that Calhoun County has a very special
place in the hearts of many people, and they really want to participate
in assuring that Calhoun is a thriving rural area. Some residents are
not originally from here, but feel they have been here most of their
lives. They should also be given an opportunity to help the community.
Many businesses have been in the county for generations. Don’t
deprive them of giving back to the place that helped them grow.
Grantsville, our county seat, is in Calhoun County. We can keep Calhoun
County on the map in a positive way.
Remember! CALHOUN PRIDE!