Herald-Gazette subscriber Elliott Shimley blasted the county in a letter to the editor this week regarding being billed for fire fees he had already paid. We have had dozens of similar complaints. County administrator Bob Zellner promised a response by Friday, Feb. 3. We are still awaiting that response.
Here is Schimley's diatribe:
I received Lamar County’s letter on Jan. 20 accusing me of non-payment of the “carefully considered” fire and ambulance fees. As to the commission’s definition of “carefully considered,” in an article in The Herald Gazette on Dec. 7, 2010 the following is noted: From commissioner Nancy Thrash on small businesses: “I think we did some of them an injustice;” and from chairman Jay Matthews: “The process may be confusing” and he is “drafting an explanatory letter to be posted around the county” and “printed in the paper.”