|Boone District supervisor|
Friday, February 8, 2013
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
Boone District Supervisor Ronnie Thompson is running for re-election to retain his seat on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors.
Thompson is finishing his first term on the board this year. He ran unopposed in 2009 after David Hurt declined to run for re-election.
"Franklin County is at a crossroads," Thompson said. "We are going to have to do something (about several issues). We are going to have to enlarge the landfill because of the need. And we have only one more building lot in the industrial park, so we are going to have to do something about that."
Providing services for the aging population and continuing to develop technology services are also areas that need to be addressed, he said.
The county cannot sit back and fail to address these issues because the needs will continue to grow, he added.
Thompson said rewarding county (including school) employees is also on his agenda.
"Our employees are going on five years without a pay raise," he said. "It's time to change that."
Many of these issues require more funding, he said, but those tough decisions have to be made and that's part of his job.
Thompson said he will continue to be a stickler for detail about budget matters, wanting all expenditures to be fully explained.
He will also continue working on providing county residents with an "electronic infrastructure."
"I am proud of the infrastructure that I have had a small part in (bringing)," he said, referring to enhancing the county's website with more detailed information, as well as bringing the internet and wireless communications to more residents.
That's an area he continues to work on, he said, because some of the rural areas still have problems connecting to the internet.
Thompson said he is also pleased that supervisors and school board members are working better together.
"The working relationship we now have with the school board is something we didn't have before," he said.
Getting out into the community is something he will continue to do.
"I started having a spring and fall meeting (at Cooper's Cove and the Naff Road community)," he said. "When I have those meetings, I try to bring county staff there so we can best deal with questions that have been posed to me."
Thompson said he will also continue his push to maximize the use of what is already in the county, including office space and ball fields at schools.
The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Two other seats on the board of supervisors, Rocky Mount and Snow Creek districts, will also be on the ballot.
Charles Wagner currently holds the Rocky Mount District seat, while Leland Mitchell is the Snow Creek District supervisor.
Wagner and Mitchell have not announced their plans.