The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

March 26, 2014

Letters for March 26, 2014

Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — Anti-business ordinance

To the editor:

Greenville is once again proposing an ordinance that is anti-business, and possibly illegal. The ordinance deals with minimum standards for general aviation operations at the municipal airport.

The document is very poorly written and contains provisions which are so onerous that it will certainly be subject to legal challenges. Greenville does not need another lawsuit involving the airport.

This document dictates how often an aircraft must fly and requires private aircraft owners to present their log books for city inspection. Such a requirement is unprecedented.

The ordinance requires a startup flying service to own three airplanes to include one jet. A new flight school would be required to have three airplanes, even if there are not enough students to warrant them. A new fixed base operation would be required to build a 10,000 sq. ft. hangar; almost double the size of any general aviation hangar currently on the airport.

The hours an employee must work are specified and an employee may not do different duties. A mechanic may not also be a pilot. A flight instructor may not also do aircraft sales.

The above items are but a few of the conditions affecting aircraft owners and pilots. The lengthy list of grandiose requirements will block any small business from starting up at the airport.

The ordinance is clearly designed to limit general aviation growth and activities. It is a foolish move by the airport and the city.

This ordinance will be discussed at a special airport advisory board meeting Wednesday at 5 p.m. The ordinance is on the agenda for this special meeting and may be voted on by the board prior to any citizens to be heard. Should it pass the airport board it will then go to the city council.

If this ordinance passes it will severely curtail any development of general aviation at the airport.

Let your city council members know that Greenville cannot afford another lawsuit. Let them know it is bad for business and bad for Greenville.

John Pitkin


Ignoring school zones

To the editor:

The City of Greenville and the GISD have ignored the Intermediate/ Travis School school traffic zones that are located on Sayle and King streets. These zones are ignored by motorists and even school bus drivers. I drive both streets every day that I work here in Greenville and the speed zones are ignored by parents who would scream to my employer if I ignored the zones. I even once called GISD and gave the speeding bus number to the bus director. But, the buses continue to speed in these zones.

Many drivers are unaware that the time frame for these zones is set from 3 to 4:15 p.m. in the afternoon. The cell phone non-usage also is ignored.

Andy Talley


Ad timing questioned

To the editor:

Yes!  Money really does grow on trees.  Especially when the money comes from taxpayers. Case in point, a slickly produced 12 page, 4 color glossy brochure delivered to our mailboxes by the Greenville Independent School District. The piece was so slick and so professional and so positive and so glowing of GISD that we asked ourselves why were we receiving this piece barely two months before the $72 million GISD bond election?  Surely GISD would not try to sway our votes !  Or would it?

We submitted a public information request to the District and what we found was truly disturbing. First, the size of the printing, some 10,000 pieces. Second, the cost of printing and mailing, $11,500, paid to an out of town company with offices in Carrollton and Commerce... and most disturbing, the fact that only those folks eligible to vote in the upcoming bond election were targeted by GISD to receive the mailing. Coincidence?

An email obtained from GISD is very revealing.  Written by a key operative in the Public Relations department, It states, “...prior to the 2014 bond campaign, I think I need to amp up our informational/positive stuff broadcasting.”  The same email identifies the direct mail piece as a top priority.   GISD certainly excelled on the amping up part. But $11,500 worth of amping?  Really?  Is this a wise use of GISD dollars?  Moreover, is it fair to mail such a piece to voters so close to the election date?

Given all the “amping up” being done by GISD, (to the tune of $11,500), and given the fact that the GISD Board approved an election plan that allows two days of early voting at five campuses while school is in session, it appears that GISD has covered all bases in their attempt to run roughshod over local taxpayers.


Ron Rogers

James Evans