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Now is the time for real county planning, says Magistrate

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Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington is leading an effort for more serious long-term planning for county government. Here, he addresses the board of commissioners on the subject at a recent meeting.

 

What is Pickens County going to look like in five years? Ten?  

A group of the county’s elected officials say without a clear long-term vision the future could be ruled by reactionary government instead of foresight and thoughtful planning.   

Speaking at the most recent commissioners’ meeting, Pickens County’s Chief Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington said the time is now for leaders and the public to begin work on a plan that will include internal governmental operations such as budgeting,  as well as a larger vision for the community and also economic development. 

See what else this group has planned in our print and e-editions.

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J. Pickens
+9 #1 J. Pickens 2017-03-22 14:03
All well in good, but these folks aren't elected to perform this task. Do they have a budget? Do they have support from the Mayor and commissioners. Not opposed to this idea, but like the downtown development whining. Unless you have folks with budget and authority nothing can happen. We're 20 years behind if not more to be competitive with Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Rome and even Adairsville.
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Ron Swanson
+6 #2 Ron Swanson 2017-03-22 15:57
Times must be slow in the Magistrate office. Government's purpose is to defend borders, keep roads & schools open, and operate law enforcement and, if you have liberal leanings, maybe fire.
Sounds like another level of bureaucracy.
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thisdudesgottago
+6 #3 thisdudesgottago 2017-03-23 07:51
I agree with the previous commenter about this man's not paid for this purpose. But people, this is the almighty Judge Wigington, A NON-LAWYER judge. In addition, he's in charge of showing all judges in this state how best to rule in their courts and how best to treat litigants, witnesses, etc. This man's never tried one case. He's not an attorney, but he's in charge? Mark my words, this man'll be running for president very soon. He better be careful for what he wishes. If the population of this county grows too much, by law, he'll lose his prestigious position on the bench. Then, the people will get back their right to a neutral and detached Magistrate instead of this law enforcement-lov ing former cop. You s__k, Wigington!
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tony sassman
-2 #4 tony sassman 2017-03-23 15:57
I really feel that our county has a good bit of catch up to be competitive with surrounding towns. I live the community but our elected officials seem to listen only to the ones whinning that we nees to keep our town small and that with more economic growth there will be more crime. Yes, in some aspects that is true but with growth comes advancement, better school, more city and county officer and maintenance jobs. If our town and our officials dont find a way to bring growth in 15 yrs we will have a rundown town with higher crime and no youth to keep it alive. Our officials need a plan for growth not a renovated house in down town turned into a public restroom.
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Saad Saak
0 #5 Saad Saak 2017-03-26 10:08
Moveover Rob Jones.

Wiggington has plans
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Ron Swanson
0 #6 Ron Swanson 2017-03-28 16:37
Giving new meaning to the words "Big Wig."
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JAY
-4 #7 JAY 2017-03-29 16:01
Quoting thisdudesgottago:
I agree with the previous commenter about this man's not paid for this purpose. But people, this is the almighty Judge Wigington, A NON-LAWYER judge. In addition, he's in charge of showing all judges in this state how best to rule in their courts and how best to treat litigants, witnesses, etc. This man's never tried one case. He's not an attorney, but he's in charge? Mark my words, this man'll be running for president very soon. He better be careful for what he wishes. If the population of this county grows too much, by law, he'll lose his prestigious position on the bench. Then, the people will get back their right to a neutral and detached Magistrate instead of this law enforcement-loving former cop. You s__k, Wigington!

Wow, you must really have some beef with Mr. Wigington! I don't understand why you are so jealous of him, perhaps because he is more successful than you are. He is young and worked hard to get where he is and for you to sit behind a computer and talk crap seems very unfair. He has always been fair in his court room and wherever he does, he is active in the community and I feel really cares about Pickens and its future. Sounds to me like you got to see the rough side of him, so you must have pissed him off. If you feel so strong, get out and do something yourself and quit criticizing the people actually doing it and not sitting in the dark on a computer writing about it!
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