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Holly Hill needs better gear for hearing impaired at meetings
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Posted: 2013 Oct 04 - 06:15

By J.M. Copeland

For Hometown News

During public participation at the start of the Holly Hill Commission meeting Sept. 24, resident Curtis Miller approached the podium to let them know he couldn't hear what was being said.

"The acoustics in this room are not that good," he said. "Where are your speakers and are they adequate?"

Mr. Miller used all of his allotted five minutes to speak about the importance of the American Disabilities Act and questioned why his request for a device to help him hear the meetings hadn't been provided.

Mr. Miller said he was a former ADA consultant and said when a municipality is asked to conform they need to conform.

"I have to sit in the front row and do this," he said as his used his hand to cup his ear that had a hearing aid. "And Mayor, nothing against you, but you mumble. I want to be able to hear when I come in here and that's what I'm working for."

According to Mr. Miller, he had been asking for two weeks for a promised listening receiver. A boxed section at the bottom of the last page of the distributed agenda information about the Assistive Listening System" states "receivers can be obtained from the City Clerk's office."

After Mr. Miller returned to his seat, City Manager James McCroskey responded to his query.

"We have hearing impaired devices. Our tech person had to go to the hospital for foot surgery. When he gets back he will bring them down from storage."

Donnie Moore whose residency has been a continuing topic of discussion at commission meetings requested the matter of his qualification be "put to bed."

"I would like to put this behind me like I've been trying to do from the beginning," Mr. Moore said.

Mr. Moore used the time to return a letter addressed to Commissioner Penny Currie at his address saying he didn't know how it came to be mailed to him.

"If you have any concerns or questions I am opening it up right now. If you want a special meeting let's hold it," Mr. Moore said. "I still say I did nothing wrong and have documents to prove it."

It was unanimously decided to address the issue at the Oct. 8 meeting.

The final millage rate of 7.533 was passed 3 to 2 with no public discussion and Commissioners Moore and Currie voting against.

Prior to the vote Commissioner Currie explained why she was voting differently than she did in July.

"After some review discussion with citizens and reviewing quite extensively some of our meetings from June . . . the review of the budget was not as exactly as I thought it should be done. I am going to have to vote differently this time," she said.

Carter Electric was awarded the contract for the overhead to underground utilities conversion project. Carter submitted the only bid, something Elizabeth Albert questioned.

"My concern is as a city we need to review our bid posting process. Apparently what we are doing isn't reaching enough people. Nothing against Carter but if we could review how to advertise, we could get a broader range to choose from."

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