Don’t fail to plan
by Chip Latcham
Feb 15, 2012 | 985 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Today’s paper will confirm what most people realize is quickly becoming the new normal for Bee County.

Our major stories deal with county road damage, drug busts, sexually oriented businesses and RV parks.

Welcome to the Eagle Ford Shale oil boom.

With the good – phenomenal growth, new business construction, full motels and increased sales taxes – comes the bad.

We commend our county commissioners for taking a proactive approach on working with the larger oil and gas companies to try and recover enough permit money to repair and maintain our county roads, particularly those in the north end which are experiencing a great deal of wear and tear.

Along with more traffic and accidents, some nearby counties are seeing an uptick in drug arrests. The number of large busts of cocaine, pot and other narcotics is shooting up. We’re certain our county law enforcement officials are noticing this trend and are planning accordingly regarding staffing and equipment.

Also, it’s wise for the county to get out in front and implement ordinances dealing with sexually oriented businesses, before strip clubs start popping up next to churches and schools.

Additionally, the City Council will have to address the issue of RV parks and where they are allowed to be placed. The Beeville Planning Commission is expected to vote Feb. 27 on whether to recommend that construction on RV parks within the city should be allowed to continue. Then the council will have the final say.

These are the growing pains that come with positive developments like Eagle Ford. Most other communities across the U.S. would love to have our problems.

– Chip Latcham
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