MONROE – Richard Helms recently had what he describes as the most disturbing conversation since becoming a county commissioner five years ago.
A constituent told him about buying land and building a home in excess of $500,000, only to learn that a new road was planned to go right through the property.
“I am a Realtor, so it’s my obligation to find those material facts and present them to my clients,” he said. “We as a county can help facilitate a better environment for our citizens by having that put on our website.”
Helms believes the website should keep citizens updated on major development and road projects coming to Union County, helping citizens as they make large financial decisions.
“Personally, I’ll tell you that our website is an ugly baby right now,” Helms said. “I’d like to see some work done on that to improve it – to make it more user friendly.”
Commissioner Stony Rushing admitted he had trouble finding basic information about the very board he serves, including meeting agendas and minutes.
Commissioners called on staff to include more planning and zoning information on the site by July 1.
“We got a lot going on with bypass and proposed changes to Highway 74,” Helms said. “I just want to make it easier for our citizens not to get in this situation. It was very difficult to explain to a gentlemen that I can’t help him.”