Issues with the city of Madras

To the Editor,

I am a senior citizen, and at this point I am not happy with the city of Madras. In the first place, I was forced into the city, with the claim that septic tanks were dangerous. (This is not true.) I was quite satisfied the way it was. This was in the early 1990s.

After getting annexed, I was assured that I would not be put on the tax rolls until the sewer was put in. This lasted about five minutes, as we were immediately put on the tax rolls, and for two years I paid $200. The only thing I got that I did not have before was a street light closer to my house. When the sewer was put in, I had to sell some of my property to pay for it.

In May of 2006, the city tried to force me to change to commercial zoning, apparently so they could have more control over what I did on the property. I never found out any other reason.

When my house was ransacked on Oct. 26, 2006, I called 911. The sheriff got here before the city police. The report that the police made was not correct. He took credit for things other people did. As far as I know, nothing was ever investigated. No copy of the things I lost was given to second hand shops as I was told would be. I took lists of what I had lost to them myself.

Now, I understand that the city is borrowing our tax money from the county for the J Street mess, which will take more of our tax money to pay back with interest. If our county commissioners can get us out of debt, and save a good portion to build a courthouse, why is the city borrowing money year after year and forcing us more into debt? Especially to build that fancy city hall, which could have been built much cheaper without all the extravagant things. A building is a building, and does not need to have all the extras to be useful.

Now, because I did not realize that I needed to change the address in bill pay, my sewer payment was returned. It was sent on Feb. 24 and returned to my account on March 6. I called city hall and got no help there. After working with the bank to find out what happened, I re-sent the money on March 11 to arrive on March 18. Instead of you waiting to give the time to get the money re-sent, you threatened to cut off my sewer.

On March 18, (I had to wait to receive a paycheck), I tried to pay the second month in cash, when the money from bill pay would arrive the same day. Since I had already paid the first month, I did not have the money to pay cash for two months. However, you would not take the cash. Don’t you take anybody’s word for Phyllis Kanything anymore?

What are you trying to do? Force people to leave town, so you can turn down every business that tries to come here, and there will be no jobs for anyone? Just what do you expect people without jobs to do? After all, you do have a job.

Phyllis Kollen


Week of the Young Child events

To the Editor,

Young children in Jefferson County deserve the best that we can give them.

Week of the Young Child, April 6–12, is a time to recognize the needs of young children and thank the adults involved in their education and care. Parents, teachers, caregivers, and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and Week of the Young Child celebrates their efforts.

We can show support for early learning in our community by promoting early literacy programs, thanking teachers who care for our children, and working to ensure that our public policies support early learning for all young children.

Week of the Young Child is a time to remind us that “Early Years are Learning Years.”

Minda Morton –

Jefferson County Regional Early Childhood Coordinator

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