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UPDATE Nov 4, 2008: Attorney General comes to the aid of Madison County Tax Payers saying the County cannot build Ashton Park Wall.
April 11, 2008: COMPLETE POLLS ON RIGHT SIDE...
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I STRONGLY AGREE that the Ashton Park landscaped area/wall should be built immediately and paid for by the PID Board/developers. It is a travesty, and insult, to the residents of Ashton Park that it hasn't already been constructed!
Before construction of Galleria Parkway was started the PID Board and developers were supposed to have coordinated a plan for a landscaped 50' buffer area between the proposed parkway and Ashton Park. This area should have been developed as planned and agreed to as the parkway construction began.
Instead, the developers sold some of the right-of-way to install a Nissan water line, and the proceeds didn't go to the development of the promised landscaped area.
Now the taxpayers of Madison County are being fleeced with another un-programmed and un-budgeted, and possibly illegal/improper, expense that is estimated to run at least $400,000! Instead, this expense should be paid for by the Parkway Public Improvement (PID) Board.
This entire project should be carefully reviewed by the State Attorney General, the State Auditor and the State Ethics Commission.
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WMGO 1370AM CANTON, MS - Jerry Lousteau Morning News , Wednesday, April 16, 2008
WMGO 1370 Canton, MS
Madison County Journal Editorial - Ashton Park Wall Excessive; April 17, 2008
Madison County Journal - Letter to the Editor - Use taxpayers' money wisely, reader says; April 17, 2008