Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

April 30, 2011

Time for an accurate county map

JACKSONVILLE — I have been attending Commissioners Court meetings when I can for months, and was there on Monday April 25th. 

Precinct 3 Commissioner Katherine Pinotti has been asking for correction of mapping errors for months.  A mapping error caused the misunderstanding about which Commissioners Court is having Commissioner Pinotti investigated for a crime.  Commissioner Pinotti was not in office when the incorrect mapping was accepted.  Tuesday’s Progress described the many mapping errors.  When she asks that these be cleared up, she is told the citizens had two years to make corrections, the time allowed for correction is passed, and that nothing can be done without having the Austin law firm Allison, Bass & Associates, who prepared the County Map Book, come to the court.  For months, no move has been made to make that happen.  Now, Monday, after months of denying her plea for help in getting the mapping corrected, they say it’s bad timing, not a good time to call on Allison, Bass & Associates to make an appointment because the law firm is too busy with redistricting.  They weren’t redistricting when she started asking and it doesn’t take much time or energy to mark a date on a calendar. 

Confusion about roads puts lives in danger.  One example cited by Commissioner Pinotti: The death of a child from smoke inhalation; the emergency medical team could not find the address.  

Commissioner Pinotti went to Austin to learn in person what is required to correct the mistakes, and she learned Commissioners Court can form a new Jury of View and the Court can authorize Allison, Bass & Associates to make the corrections; but the Court does nothing. 

Please ask your Commissioner to make a motion at the May 9 meeting to start action immediately to get a corrected map of Cherokee County at the earliest.  It’s overdue.

Margie Benge,

Jacksonville

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