Grant writer expresses concerns for Drew's direction
by Paisley Boston
Apr 02, 2014 | 3377 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Projects Coordinator for South Delta Planning and Development District Tommy Goodwin addressed Drew board members on Tuesday. "This is my town and I will stand for it," said Goodwin.
Special Projects Coordinator for South Delta Planning and Development District Tommy Goodwin addressed Drew board members on Tuesday. "This is my town and I will stand for it," said Goodwin.
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Emotions ran high at the Drew board meeting Tuesday.

Special Projects Coordinator for South Delta Planning and Development District Tommy Goodwin was not on the agenda but he presented sincere concerns to members of the board.

"I was born and raised in Drew and I tell everybody where I am from. I have been working with South Delta Planning and Development District since 2004," said Goodwin.

"Since 2004, I have been associated with over $1 million in grants that helped the police department … not counting the police cars or any of those other grants that we have done here," he added.

"It is my understanding that consultants have been here and are wanting to do grant work within the town. This kind of hurts me because I should have gotten a call if there were any concerns or problems with South Delta Planning and Development," he continued.

According to Goodwin he has been working earnestly to aid in improving conditions in Drew for many years but recently someone else has been selected to handle grant applications.

"I have stood for Drew when no one else would stand for it. The individual who you guys tried to bring in is a convicted felon — he used to work at the same place that I worked," said Goodwin.

"He went to jail for taking grant money and bribes. If in fact the town of Drew would rather have a convicted felon to handle the grant work here instead of me then that really hurts," he continued.

"He went to jail for taking bribes and I don’t have anything for anybody who takes bribes. There is nothing that goes on in the Delta that I don’t know about," he added.

Goodwin said he has gotten a $250,000 Rural Development grant going for Drew that he is administering.

He said Drew is in need of some serious street repair and he has been working hard to make sure that the town receives the repairs.

"We need streets in Drew more than anything else in the world. This is my town and I going to fight for it," said Goodwin.

"I would like to put an application together to get some street and sewer work done. It is too late to get any water work done," he added.

After Goodwin expressed his concerns, Project Engineer for Gardner Engineering Lake Baird presented an update some ongoing projects.

"We all are aware of that our streets are in need of repair but there are some things that we must do before the street repair begins," said Baird.

"I would like to do about 400 feet of curve and gutter repair. It will all work out to be about $53 a foot. We cannot pave the roads until we finish the curve and gutter repair," he added.

Baird said he is working to save the city as much money as possible during the repairs.

"We have a $60,000 budget. We do have figures to show exactly how much money that we will have left over," he added.

Baird requested the signatures of board members to proceed with the application process.

"We hope to start paving some time this month and be finished by the end of the month. By the end of the month, we should be riding on some more streets," he continued.

"We have to wait until the weather is at least 60 degrees and we have been having some crazy weather," said Baird.

Burchfield said street repair is an urgent matter for the Drew because people have been trying to dodge potholes and not watch the road.

Mayoral candidate Jeffrey Kilpatrick requested approval from members of the board to host a campaign rally on April 12 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

"I am going to have entertainment and free food for the community. It is going to be on Main Street in downtown Drew. I am looking for everyone to come out and enjoy this event. I am constantly on the move," said Kilpatrick.

Mayor Harvey Burchfield announced that he and other members of the community are set to distribute fruits and vegetables on Main Street beginning at 10 a.m.

"This is a community effort. We do not have a grocery store and there are a large number of individuals who do not have transportation," said Burchfield.

"I hope to eventually bring a grocery store to Drew but before I do this I want to get a fruit and vegetable truck. This truck would deliver fruit and vegetables to the elderly and those who may be facing financial hardship," he added.